Sometimes prospective clients ask me how long their job search should take? That is, how long do I think it will be before they get calls, interviews, and job offers? If I knew the answer to that, I’d be independently wealthy and gainfully unemployed!
Seriously, as the saying goes, “There’s no easy answer.” What you really need to do is figure out what your employment goal is, identify the essential steps to reach it (if all goes well), and then dive in.
Note: This might be one of my all-time-short blog posts, because I’m not going to “gild the lily”–even if you’re a senior executive or candidate for that level, certain basic elements remain the same.
Unless you have a can’t-change deadline for concluding a successful job search, start by stopping. In other words, stop thinking in terms of “how long” and instead “how little” time you can spend on the search productively.
A week’s worth of time that focuses on essentials beats a month or more of time wasted on actions that don’t produce desirable results–because they couldn’t from the outset.
Whether your job search ends up “short” or “long” might be impossible to know at the start, but if you approach it wisely, it will almost certainly be more productive–with the kind of results you need–and isn’t that what really matters?