How long should your job search take?
MIDDLETOWN, NY -- How long should a job search take to find the right opportunity? No one can put a number on it, but if your marketing and organizational skills are sharp, you'll find job opportunities in less time than someone who hasn't a clue. Here are some variables that you can control that can help ensure your job search doesn't take any longer than it should.
The health of your career now: Are you in a profession that is growing, static or on a downhill trend? Job growth is partly based on economics and partly on demand for specific skills from the labor pool. It's a good idea to do a reality check so you understand how your vocation is faring in the current marketplace and beyond. Living where the jobs are: If you live in a low-density area, it may take a bit longer to find your position. If you live in a higher-density area, perhaps it might take a bit less time.
Your discipline and tenacity: Your ability to focus and stay focused day after day, week after week is critical. This is the difference between a job search that is sporadic, unplanned, unfocused and generally all over the map in execution and one that is buttoned up and works like a well-oiled machine. Go scattered and uncoordinated and you add weeks and months to your job search.