According to a Randstad poll earlier this summer, the average time taken to get a job is ten weeks and fives days, compared to eight weeks and five days five years ago.
This is partly because employers now tend to conduct multiple interviews for each vacancy, so don’t be surprised if you have to attend more than one interview, especially for a management or executive position.
Vetting checks add to the wait. Vetting now takes an average of 29 days – also an increase over five years ago.
So apart from sitting at home alternatively fretting and fuming about the delays what can you do?
Here are my suggestions:
Be realistic. If it’s going to take a couple of months to find a job you cannot afford to hang about. Taking a break before you start job hunting is tempting but it’s a fact that the longer you are out of the workforce the harder it is to get a job. Start looking as soon as possible.
Make a job-hunting timetable and stick to it. Set aside time – at least three to four hours every day – for serious job hunting, such as researching suitable sectors, searching our site for jobs, preparing and honing your CV, polishing up covering letters, filling in application forms and sending out applications.
Record what you do in a job-hunting diary so you can see what jobs you have applied for and when, and keep careful track of where your applications have got.
Some employers don’t keep you up to date with where you are in the recruitment process. It does no harm to politely call up and ask if they received your application, and a couple of weeks later, call again to ask if there is any news.
Don’t limit yourself to chasing one job at a time, but make sure you fit the profile the employer is looking for. Applying for anything that seems vaguely right will mean you waste time and effort on chasing jobs you are less likely to get, reducing the time you can spend on chasing genuinely good prospects.
Talk to people in the field or even the company you want to get into – a good contact may be able to shorten the usual recruitment time by reducing some of the usual recruitment processes.