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How Long Should My Job Search Actually Take?

How Long Should My Job Search Actually Take?
From Recruiter - September 2, 2017

One of the most commonquestions I getfrom job seekers is, How long should my job search really take?

Its a good question: Knowing whats normal can help you determine whether youreon the right track or in need of a course correction.

Unfortunately, there is no normal when it comes to the job search. Some job offers show up in days, others may take months, and for a few, it can take a year or more.

If youre feeling frustrated by your job searchs pace, there are a few things to keep in mind.

First: Is this the first time you have proactively looked for a new job? When you look back through your resume, think about how you landed each job. Did you find your past jobs, or did they find you? Many people have had jobs landin their laps over the years. At some point, theyget the urge to take a more proactive approach instead of waiting. Although this proactive search is preferred, it also consumes more time.

Another important consideration: Are you changing industries or job functions? For example, if you are switching from a for-profit to a nonprofit or from technology to marketing, your search is likely to take longer. When youre transitioning from one job to another, similar job, its easy for the hiring manager to see how your skills fit into their organization. When you make a big switch, you have to find an open-minded hiring manager who believes in you and is willing to take a risk. Find such a person will take time.



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