I have a strong hunch that my contract will expire some 6 months from now, and that it won't be renewed. When would you start looking for a job?
My situation is as follows: I interviewed with a lot of companies prior to accepting this job. I was declined at all prior applications, sometimes in the final rounds, but still. I was rather happy to finally get a job, but it's not been very great so far. I don't get along well with my senior, who prefers to instruct via riddles and mysteries. In response I usually ask a lot of questions, and sometimes to get to the bottom of things I enter into explorative discussions to get to the bottom of things. My manager wants me to be more obedient towards the seniors and not be as critical as I am now. He has indicated this is a big problem and that it needs to change. I get the feeling this is a PIP in disguise. It's totally not in my personality to not ask a question if I feel the need for it. It's pretty much who I am. I don't have the confidence I will be able to change my behaviour before it's time to decide on hiring me as a permanent employee. I also have some pretty big reservations about the type of work I'm doing, as it's more a support job, and less the dev job I interviewed for.
I'm almost through my 1st year and, as it's my first job, I don't want to have less than one year with them on my CV. Because this bank is a big name here, I feel it would be better for my CV to have it last a bit longer and I plan to serve out the duration of the contract if I can stomach it.
When should I start interviewing with other companies? Is 6 months in advance too early to be useful if I want to complete my contract?