Michael Carvalho
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Searching for a new job can sometimes feel like falling down the rabbit hole. Opportunities are swirling around everywhere, you’re reaching out, you may even be interviewing, but offers aren’t coming in as quickly as you’d like. How long does searching for a job really take?

The quick answer is 8 weeks or so, sometimes longer. Even once you land an interview, 52% of recruiters say the average time-to-hire takes 3 weeks. Overall, you should expect your job search to last anywhere from a few weeks to several months.

When it comes to how quickly you are able to find a job, there are so many variables that can affect your timeline. And some of those are factors outside your control—like the economic state of the country and the amount of jobs available in your field or search area. At the moment, the time it takes to find a new job is increasing. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average duration of unemployment in October 2020 was 21.2 weeks. In May 2020, this number was much closer to the average at just 7.7 weeks.

Factors you can control Factors you can't control The amount of time you spend on your search The current state of the economy Responding within the first 24 hours of a job post High numbers of applicants to a certain role Keeping your certifications up to date and learning new skills with online classes A highly competitive industry Applying early and responding quickly to interview requests Internal delays within the hiring company Senior positions or a brand new role for a company may take longer as you work your way through interviews with multiple decision makers. Sometimes, your niche may accelerate your search, like companies looking to hire female software engineers because they’re in such demand. If you’re in a competitive industry, it may take longer to find a job because the amount of applicants for each opening is so high. If you don’t strike right after a role is posted, you may be buried in the mix.

Finding a new job takes effort and time, but there are factors you can control that can speed up your search—like polishing up your resume, practicing your interview performance and networking.# #jobsearch #application #advice

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Eric Rockwell

Traditional job seeking is out the window, because of the way the world is. The vaccination issue will be the fall of the modern work force.

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Jose Pena

Sometimes, you may find a job sooner than expected. But it just depends upon the timing and if you are willing to take a risk, especially during the pandemic.

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Christina Stewart

A job or one you want for a long time

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Jane Foster

Because they do background checks. And you need to be vaccinated. I worked government contracts. And it does take time to start

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Janice ReedCommunity Specialist
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I love that you highlighted the factors you can and cannot control. I'd rather focus my energy on what I can do. And it's great to acknowledge what I cannot so I don't sit around waiting and feeling neglected :)

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Yiming ShuangCommunity Specialist
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I've also heard it before that it has to do with the income of your last job... every $10K a month or something. Kind of like the breakup rule haha. Thanks so much for sharing!

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