How long it should take to find a job in today’s job market?

action planHow long it should take to find a job in today’s job market? Unfortunately, the answer is “it depends.” Your job search is probably going to take longer than you anticipated and yet there are job seekers fortunate enough to find a job within a few days.

There are many factors that impact the length of your job search:

  1. The economy
  2. The Job Market
  3. Economic conditions in the location you have targeted
  4. The number of jobs available in your field in your geographic area
  5. Flexibility in your job preferences
  6. Your credentials – skills, stability and experience
  7. The longer you are unemployed – the longer it will generally take to find a job
  8. The amount of time and energy  dedicated to your search
  9. The quality of your resume, cover letters and references
  10. Your communication and follow-up skills

Some of these factors, like economic conditions, are not in your control. However, other factors like the willingness to consider relocation or other job targets are things you can change.

If you are not obtaining results, you must do something different. Those things may include:

  1. Opening your search to a larger geographic area
  2. Investigating new targets
  3. Revising your paperwork (resume, cover letter, references)
  4. Spending more time on your search efforts
  5. Building your professional network
  6. Marketing yourself directly to hiring authorities vs. spending your entire day on Job Boards

You will find a job, the questions is when your efforts and timing will align with the needs of a prospective employer.

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    Not one time through the whole process of getting me on board with a potential work opportunity did he fail to follow up and deliver. When the first company didn't work out, he followed up immediately with another opportunity. In addition, Matt helped me through each step of the process of interviews and on job evaluations. He is persistent, consistent, well spoken, and he really took time out of his day to follow up, coach, motivate, and lead me in the right direction. His work anniversary has just come and he deserves every ounce of success and happiness because I can tell that he loves what he does and he makes sure that he delivers the best customer service experience. Richard Ford   Matthew Lopez gave me a top-notch professional customer service experience.
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