I'm [STRIKE]planning[/STRIKE] hoping to graduate from my physics phd program at the end of the school year (graduation date in May) and am itching to start applying for jobs now. When is a good time to start applying for (non-academic) jobs? Is it a bad idea to apply to job postings this early? What type of timeframe are these job posts on, from when they post to an online job board, to when they expect the person to start working? Is it unheard of for a company, if they really want a person that they just interviewed, to wait several months for that person to start work? Thanks for any input you might have.