April 8, 2017

How Long Does The Job Search Take?

The #1 question that job seekers ask is “How long does the job search take?” The honest answer is that it depends. There are so many factors involved in finding a job that it’s impossible to say with any certainty exactly how long the job search will take.

Job seeker holding cardboard sign saying "I want to work"

Every job search is different. Some job seekers get lucky and find a job in a matter of days, while other job seekers struggle with the never ending job search. The job search is a frustrating process that everyone in the working world has dealt with. When it’s your turn to find a job, stay focused, realistic, and positive because you will be able to eventually find a job.

When writing this blog post, we did a bit of research to try and answer the question: “How long does the job search take?” Here are a few of the answers that we found online:

  • Time.com states that the job search takes about 6 weeks – 43 days to be exact.
  • TheBalance.com writes that the job search takes one month for every $10,000 of a paycheck.

What do these estimates mean for you? Not much. The job search takes time and there are many factors and variables that must be considered, including:

  • Industry/Niche
  • Current Job Market
  • Location
  • Job Availability
  • Type Of Job You’re Seeking
  • Job Search Commitment
  • Research
  • Current Economy
  • Salary Requirements
  • Interview Preparation
  • Resume/Cover Letter
  • Length Of Unemployment/Career Gaps
  • Demand For Your Skill Sets
  • Experience
  • Size Of Network
  • Number Of Jobs Applied For

Every situation is unique and that means the job search is a puzzle that each and every job seeker must solve on their own. If you’re struggling to find a job:

Often the job search takes longer than you think it will. The most important thing you can do to find your dream job is to just be patient and positive. If you need help with your job search, stop by JobMonkey.com to learn about jobs in different industries. Then utilize the JobMonkey JobCenter to search and apply for jobs. Best of luck!

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About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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