041 How Long Does It Take To Find a Job?

how long is it  going to take, really? This is a very common question. Both Scott and Andrew have heard this question frequently. The variety of asking can influence the way in which it is answered.

Don’t miss these Topics:

What qualities determine how long it will take to find a job?

  1. The Level of The Role you Are Seeking. The higher the role, the longer it will take.
  2. Activities Use To Find Work: Effective job search as measured by conversions to interviews.
  3. Supply and Demand In Your Marketplace. Economics 101 – high demand and low supply generates faster placement.
  4. Asking Better Questions of Yourself. Crafting a better ask, will generate a better answer. 

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Today or jobseekers radio: we’re answering life’s question how long is it gonna take to get a job. It depends. Were you talking about the undergarments that you use but I suppose if that something you need to deal with them maybe you should consider that no we’re talking about this maybe OK off to a great start we are asked to this question just about every time we get together in a networking scenario we hear it all the time it is going to be a question that we’ve asked ourselves that others will ask us that we hear people asking each other this question is never going away and Does it really depends on how you ask it because it may be a slight how long is it gonna take for you to be at the front end of the search and you’re wondering how long is it gonna take to really depends on your mindset and we talked about that in a lot of the episode where is your mindset I don’t I really think the best approach to answering this question first of all you have to understand that the answer that you were going to find is going to be different from any other answer than anybody else fights because were all in a unique situation as a result we start looking for the internal able to Casper going to talk about looking for a success from external sources liabilities involved or not but I want to touch on that for a moment because if I’m always looking for someone else to answer the question I’m always going to find that it’s a little bit off because no one else is going to be exactly the same situation for me and what works for them is an always going to work for me For us what it brings because really the way to answer that question for my experience has been when am I doing in my job search and what is actually working what you’re really asking them is what qualities are or what components we determine how long is it gonna take to get a job exactly and there’s a lot there’s a lot of first one I would look at is the level in terms of seeing you already in the organization if you’re looking director level the presumption is course depending on the other components will document it is going to take longer companies are more deliberate about this hiring decisions there might be more stakeholders involved it may also be an organization that has a lot of backstory that they want to undo they want to shift the focus or shift that the trajectory of their corporate culture and so they’re looking for a very specific skill set or track Just as long as the right candidate finding them so just no executive positions or a good opportunity also to have somebody help you and this is something that I’d recommend very highly to people if you are looking for a higher position hire someone placement specialist that can help you with these connections because often the corporation is going to be hiring someone like that the candidate they don’t just post it on indeed a lot of these organizations may not have the type of experience hiring hiring and out is really fairly common the next thing to think about in terms of how long is your job search going to take is the activities you’re participating in to actually find the work and we talk about effective job search we talked about the anatomy of a networking conversation in fact will leave that in the show notes so you can have it Go back and listen to some of the prior episodes where we talk about what is effective job searching what works and what doesn’t and how approach this whole activity that is for most people because they’re changing what you do what you’re doing now or other changing careers are there you know they traded had a new direction and there is some friction that have to make that decision but I want to come back to your initial point and it depends on the line so if you are just starting a job search you’re going to have a different attitude you’re going to have more energy hopefully you’re going to have a different point of you from if you were into it a year or so and fortunately were in a time right now where people are finding work within a year or even at some higher levels but we know that the cycles through I’ve had it in my own experience in a period where I was three years unemployed that was during the great recession surprising What are the activities that I’m going to do how do I approach this differently and changing it up can be really healthy when I got at the time and then again in the later job search do things that actually do the format of a resume that gets you cool send that one out if someone asks for something specific that is different give that person whatever they do the things the activities do the things that bring something back that could be but it could also be just someone new to talk to a different website to search that you hadn’t heard before these are all forms of success if you get something out of a certain effort keep doing that and see how long each one of you is probably looking for the end the end being the author OK we encourage you to look Look at the successful activities they should be gaged against an interview which generating an interview for you know your definition of success may differ most people are looking for offers or opportunity for employment if we work backwards from that you want to track it maybe even do a retrospective on the activities are participating in now every day generating interviews for you if you haven’t started tracking those things are you crazy to do that now if you’re sending out application resumes and you’re getting one interview for every five applications that’s a pretty darn good conversion rate I don’t see many people get that but it’s possible I’m personally I’m not the data type I don’t live in Data Doesn’t Dr., Mia doesn’t bring me joy but I have found it it’s really usable so I come back to it it’s an effort that I make because it feeds the things that do bring me the energy and if you have it to your point it’s not done the research on The other aggregators isn’t a good idea I think it is a good idea I found work that way it’s not the one that’s going to generate the most incremental successes the networking really makes a difference in their other activities that you can do like volunteering in Toastmasters and so many of these other activities that involve people that are in business you’re making the right connections do the research and find out which one is working for you because you could have the head of that Toastmasters group tell you all the things that work for him but that may not be the best one for you do you do research on what you’re doing and keep doing the things that bring you those incremental successes information advice connection that’s really what you’re looking for is information advice and connections where in also taking this information and process it and find something that works for you and speaking of data really the next day the next thing that really is going to impact your ability to find work Right and low demand you’re going to be looking for a long time it’s kind of the opposite in a lot of ways there’s a lot of people not a lot of opportunities available but not a lot of people that still is different in every locale based on the interest-rate creates the struggle is there’s a dichotomy really a lot of the same industry in the Portland area we are the silicone for us to do there’s a lot of high-tech here in the Portland area it if you’re not in high-tech you don’t you’re not interested in adore you you don’t have the right skill set to get into it and yet you want to live here it’s gonna take you longer A lot longer to find the right job in this area but it’s where I want to go so I was willing to put in the effort and to be patient and I also had the support both from the New York situation and also the financial I could make it last you narrowed your market by narrowing your market if you were opportunities and maybe that’s right between the interviews until you open your market if you’re willing to do so opening your market could include things like hey let’s look for remote work or let’s expand our geography or industry or anything like that so if you’re really in a point if you’re listening to this episode where you need to find work quickly you need to expand your market tonight make it and to be OK with however far you were looking if you actually land something you know you get that interview don’t say no try to find ways to say yes even if it’s at more of a distance and you’d like If you are in a situation where you can wait then narrowing to exactly what you want can’t work for you because if I find that the sex success is becoming more more significant more powerful when it is building on the last one when it really is very targeted you keep drilling deeper and deeper if you’re going to get to the target that you are looking for is just gonna take longer I’m reminded of Rich who came to Breakfast Club he and he came in and said you know I work for anybody as long as it’s Nike golf and I was like OK that’s what strategy know it probably took them longer to find opportunity because it sure everybody knew that when they heard of that opportunity for Nike golf who are they going to mediately think of exactly and it worked it took him a period of years but he got it and he was Annette situation where he could do that I remember having a conversation with him and his wife were saying I think Speaking of questions asking better questions will actually get you better answer perhaps the question we should ask but how long does it take to get a job is what is the best way to find a job fast or what steps should I take to find the right job question yes you’re going to get better answers and when you think about riches example where he is absolutely set on working for Nikky then the question is how do I get further into Nike how can I penetrate that how can I meet the gatekeepers how can I get those informational interviews which I believe you did over 100/100 because he knows he’s been there any understand the importance of doing the questions ended up changing for him and I have used And narrowing the question refining the questions to something that works better to get an answer that is more meaningful really is the better way to approach the question how long is this job search going to take it’s going to take as long as you think it’s going to take based on the level you’re seeking your activities you’re supplying demand in your market place your ability to ask yourself better question

2 thoughts on “041 How Long Does It Take To Find a Job?”

  1. I just want to leave you a quick message telling you thank you for your Podcast. I’m I’m a recent graduate from Clackamas community college with multiple associates degrees and only one class with my bachelors. Unfortunately I’ve had to temporary suspend my schooling to get out there get me to make some money. This morning I got the news that the position that I felt was perfect for me and that I felt I could benefit and excel the best in has been filled and that I wasn’t even considered as a candidate, so as you can imagine I was very depressed and ready to give up.. After all I graduated in 2017 and I’m still looking for that 1st job in the field in which I’ve chosen. After listening to your message I had to really think about what you said and I have to say I feel more empowered and recharged and just wanted to say thank you.

    1. Thank you Lisa! We appreciate you listening to the podcast. The grind can get to all of us. Continue listening. We have some new episodes on tap, but you can always listen to the ones that are already up.

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