Why does job searching take so much time and require so much work? There are many reports done in analyzing the time required to complete a job search. One statistic that is routinely quoted is the one where for every $10,000 of income you are looking for requires 1 month of job searching. I think they should start out with a base of $30,000 and then tack on the $10,000 per month…
This calculation is a cheap way to try and quantify the time required to conduct a good job search. This is why it is either really quick and easy or really difficult to find what you are looking for. There is no real middle ground, just the extremes. So why do the extremes exist?
The extreme whereby your job search is quick and painless many times is completed because someone else contacted you ie. recruiter or friend or friend of a friend. These people are excellent resources for job search and can make the process seamless and quick. In addition, sometimes a job searcher can go from one pot to another without even realizing it. If you are doing a certain job, let’s say as a legal secretary. You change employers but not really changing your job or career direction. You can just go right back into a similar situation you left. Many times it even turns out worse.
The other extreme is when you are really looking for a new job or career and you search and search and just cannot find a company willing to give you the time of day let alone look at your resume. You depend on the statistic over-viewed above for solace. You think if you can just get to the six month time, you will find the right job paying $75k.
Find someone who started looking for a job, found one in 2 or 3 months and ask how they did it. They will probably explain the number of people they talked to, the number of emails sent, the number of jobs applied for on CareerBuilder or Monster or other job board, etc. They will also explain the number of calls and rewrites on their resume and cover letters they made. These are all the activities of a good job search. It is tedious and very challenging. However, the sooner you get started, the sooner you will get finished. There is no rule of thumb of how long, but it is more relative to how much work you put into it.
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