We all know someone who somehow managed to land an amazing job within days of starting their search. It’s easy to get jealous of these people, but the fact is, most job searches take a long time. This can be frustrating when you’re trying to get out of a bad situation, when you’ve been laid off, or when you’re just chomping at the bit to take the next step in your career. If you’re embarking on a job search, it’s important to understand why a search isn’t always a sprint, and what you can do to potentially speed it up.
Factors That Impact Job Search Length
There is a lot of conflicting data on job searches, and there is no way to accurately predict how long yours will take. Some people find a job in a matter of weeks. Other people engage in searches that last well over a year.
Why is it so hard to estimate how long a search will take? Because there are multiple factors that influence the length of a search including:
- The health of the national economy
- The job searcher’s local economic conditions
- The availability of jobs in the field a searcher is looking for
- The flexibility of the job seeker to relocate, to be flexible with salary, to do certain types of work, etc.
- The skill level of the job seeker
- The length of unemployment (the longer you’ve been unemployed, the longer your search)
- How much time a person puts into a search
- The strategy they use to find a job
As a job seeker, some of these factors are out of your control but many are directly related to the choices you make in your search. Therefore, there are things you can do to shorten your search.
How To Speed Up Your Job Search
So, just what can you do to land a job faster? Try these strategies:
- Be flexible – Consider making a lateral move, taking on short-term consulting work with a great company or even expanding your geographic preferences.
- Do something every day – Every single day, spend time doing something on your job search. The level of effort you put in is directly related to the results you get back.
- Close skill gaps – If you are missing important skills, need to brush up on or strengthen a skill set, don’t wait. Do it while you search.
- Network – It’s often who you know, not what you know that matters to growing your career.
- Work with a professional recruiter – A recruiter can shorten your search by matching you with positions that meet your requirements, by helping you with your resume and interviewing skills and by “selling” your strengths to hiring managers before an interview.
Are You Looking For A New Job?
If you feel like your job search has stagnated and you’re looking for some help, reach out to the recruiters at TRC Professional Solutions today. Our team can help you identify new opportunities in accounting, finance, IT, engineering or marketing that align with your goals.