* What’s the unemployment rate where you live? * Are you willing / able to relocate? * Are you willing to take a job that requires travel or odd hours? * How much demand is there for what you do? * What’s your job history like? * Are you realistic in your salary expectations? * What’s your attitude like? * Are you using effective means to do your search? * How much time and effort do you put into your search?
Consider that last question.
Let’s hypothetically say it takes 200 hours to land a new job in your field at your level. That’s 200 hours of actual concerted effort and job search related activity. (I just made up a number for the purposes of the example, I have no idea if that’s realistic for you or not).
If you truly WORK 40 hours per week at your job search...It will take you 5 weeks.
If you paint your bedroom, plant new trees in your backyard, play solitaire on your computer, and work on your job search an average of 5 hours per day; or 25 hours per week...It will take you 8 weeks.
If you sleep till noon, watch Oprah, make an awesome dinner for the family, and take a couple (2) hours per day to search the job boards and email some resumes; or 10 hours per week...It will take you 20 weeks.
Depending on what you do, and what level you’re seeking...your actual hours needed to land a new job MAY be 300, 400, or 500 hours of activity.
The time it will take for you to land a new job, is largely dependent on you! It may be a cliché to say that “Searching for a job is a full-time job.” But I can tell you from my experience watching many, many job seekers I meet through networking and job search classes I lead, that VERY few people treat it like a full-time job.
Projects around the house, time with kids, friends, online, etc. can swallow up huge amounts of time without even realizing it.
When we’re in a job, most of us have schedules and routines that keep us productive and we find a way to get to our home projects around our work schedule.
When you’re not in a job, it’s critical to “protect” your job search time just as you would your work schedule when you’re in a job!
So...Use a planner and schedule your time!
* Block out time for phone calls, research time, meetings, online time, etc. * Set goals for the number of people you will talk to and how many people you will meet each week. * Keep track of your activity and schedule your times to follow up with people. * Learn which activities have been most productive and hone your schedule each week.
Make sure you put in the effort and you’ll get to the goal faster!