Just hearing the word “long” used to grate on me, when I'd hear this question as a job seeker.
How long have you been job searching?
- More than a year (35%, 68 Votes)
- 6-12 months (22%, 43 Votes)
- Just started this past month (16%, 30 Votes)
- 1-3 months (15%, 28 Votes)
- 3-6 months (12%, 23 Votes)
Total Voters: 194
What many job seekers don't realize
When I ask job seekers how long it's been since their job search began, a typical reply is “too long.”
Yeah, I know what you mean.
Sometimes people will say “well, I just started looking…” but almost NO ONE ever says “for the position I'm looking for, in today's market, in this city, it takes 4-6 months on the average to find a new job. I've been looking for 3 months, so it's still early…”
After I resigned from my job at Amazon in the summer of 2001, I thought it would take 1 month to find a new job. And that was just after I'd moved back to Jerusalem and had no idea how much (lack of) demand there was for my skillset there at the time. I was so clueless. I thought employers would be impressed by my Amazon achievements and I'd have my pick of offers.
Why did I think it would only take me just 1 month? Because my previous job had taken about that long to find. Having been my first full-time career job, I didn't know any better.
Now I know better… but that's a topic for an upcoming article.
How did you estimate how long your current job search should take?
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