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

How 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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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Jonathan Litt was an amazing coach during my job search.

    The thing that stands out to me the most is you can tell he truly cares. He helped me gain self confidence through phone calls and was constantly checking in on me during the interview process. Not only was I able to acquire a great job with the help of Jonathan, but I received incredible insight. He is a very smart guy and is able to effectively explain his thoughts in a simple manner.          

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    Jacque J.

    Jonathan Litt was an amazing coach during my job search.
  • Karen Horton is personable, knowledgeable, and was instrumental to my Career Goals.

    Communication and correspondence with her was easy and fast and her feedback always proved very useful during the recruitment process.  With other recruiters I have dealt with in the past, I've usually had the impression that I was merely part of a quota of applications. This was not so with Karen, I am convinced that she had my best interest in mind as well as those of the company she was "hunting" me for.    

    I cannot thank Karen enough for all her assistance in what I am sure will be a long lasting relationship with my new employer.

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    Carlos

    Karen Horton is personable, knowledgeable, and was instrumental to my Career Goals.
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