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How long does it take to find a job?

How long does it take to find a job

Finding your next senior role can take longer than you might think…

How long will your executive job search take? How long does it take to find a job? The truth is, it depends on so many different factors. The average time it takes to find a job depends on the following:

  • Time of year
  • Geographical demand for your skills
  • Whether you encounter ageism
  • Your experience and salary requirements
  • Your professional network
  • Your job search skills

In short, the average time to find a job for a well-prepared candidate is likely to be seeking a new role for a minimum of 4 months. In reality, a job search can take over a year! The average time to find a job after redundancy may be a little longer and it depends on the notice period you have at your current place of work. If you for say have 3 months notice, then you might start off your job search slower, so it takes longer to find a new job.

Average time to find a job UK

However, many candidates seeking new senior roles have unrealistic expectations of finding a new role quickly, according to research. Here are the average time to find a job UK statistics:

  • 51% of candidates had been looking for their new job for four months or longer, with 1 in 10 still looking after 12 months;
  • For 42%, they had been looking for a job longer than expected.

What’s more, senior level candidates are unprepared for frequently experienced challenges. Candidates themselves cite significant obstacles faced in securing a new position. The most commonly known issues cause your job search to be longer:

  • Communicating what they have to offer
  • Lack of an existing network or their ability to network successfully
  • Perceived lack of suitable vacancies
  • Roles being too specific in their requirements
  • Being out of touch through long unemployment or out of their home country for too long
  • A sense of age discrimination
  • Being over qualified or experienced
  • Issues working successfully with recruitment agencies

So, in the grand scheme things, there is no direct answer to how long does it take to find a new job, because it entirely depends on all of these factors and possibly more.

From a recruiters’ perspective, they see too many candidates dependent upon advertised jobs expecting jobs to come to them rather than going out to find them. 43% of candidates believed their next role would be found fast and would come from an advertised position, and 37% thought it would come from an unadvertised hidden jobs market.

How long does it take to find a job

Yet, an astonishing 70% of senior executive roles are never advertised.

How long does it take to find a job? Executive Connexions Outplacement

A key point that many recruiters highlighted was a distinct lack of awareness amongst candidates. It seems candidates are simply unaware of the opportunities available to them and also how they present themselves. If candidates new about the opportunities out there, then the length it takes to find a job would decrease massively and the overall average time to find a job, whether its after redundancy or not would be much less.

Many candidates do not realise that their CV is not up to the high standards expected from executive level recruiters and hiring managers now; and that they are not good at communicating their achievements or clear enough on where they want to go next. This is what we convey in our executive career coaching & outplacement services

Nevertheless, candidates remain largely confident, believing they will find a new role within just a few months, and many executives feel they can be choosy with opportunities that come their way because they simply do not know to truth of how long to find a job. In fact, a third of candidates had been offered a position but had elected not to accept it, because:

o The role was not what they had thought it was (35%)

o The role just didn’t feel right (35%)

o The salary/package was not sufficient (26%)

o They were not willing to travel/relocate (15%)

When it comes to salary/package, recruiters have seen candidates adjusting their expectations downwards, the longer they are looking for a position:

“If they are out of work now and have found a role in 2 months, all is good. If they are still out of work the following month you will see how it changes what they expect in a company car or package. All depending on how long they have been looking for.” – recruiter

What does this mean for you?

The whole process of finding your next role can take longer than you may think at the start, so we suggest not waiting – start to engage with recruiters, companies, and peer networks as soon as your employment status changes and, importantly, continue to nurture and grow your network whilst in a role too.

Before assuming how long does it take to get a job, ensure your expectations are realistic and think twice before you turn down that job offer because the salary isn’t sufficient – your actions might just result in many more months of job searching only to settle for a role with a lesser salary/package six months down the line. Remember, it is often necessary to relocate to progress. It’s important to weigh this up.

This is also where professional career development support comes into its own – a small investment at the start will help you find a new role more quickly and at a reasonable salary level before your knowledge starts to wain and you become less marketable the longer you’ve been out of the job scene.

For more information on how we can help you to land your next role faster, please contact us on +44 (0) 203 384 4188 or email [email protected]

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