We have all heard it from someone who recently lost their job “Oh, I should have a new job in a couple of months.” Unfortunately this is rarely the reality. While I certainly know individuals who have found a new job quickly (two months or less) after being laid off, that is not the case for most job hunters. Even a job hunter who is currently employed, a much better situation for a job search, will take longer than two months.
So how long should it take? Although giving a number can be a bit of a challenge, I have found the common belief that for every $10,000 of income you want to earn, you will spend at least one month looking, is a nice rule. If you want to earn $40,000 a year, then expect at least four months in a job search. The more you earn, the longer it will take to find that new job. Giving someone in a job search this data can be a bit depressing, so I offer a little additional advice. If you want to have a faster job search, then network both in person and online, apply for jobs that you are qualified to pursue (not every job that strikes your fancy), and search five days a week using job board aggregators, networking contacts, job fairs, and other venues. My last bit of advice: don’t allow every rejection to turn your world upside down. Since it has been reported that the average jobseeker interviews with 16 different companies before getting a job, you will most likely be turned down for few positions. Maintaining a positive attitude throughout the job hunt will increase your success.