If only the job search happened instantaneously… Unfortunately, not all jobs are filled quickly, nor do applicants find a job in a short amount of time. Some employers take their time hiring, others are so short staffed that even hiring the help they need is too much work. That’s why it’s critical to apply patience to your job search.
The average person spends about 20 hours per week when actively searching for a new job (according to University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire). It can become a time consuming task in itself. And while patience is essential, there are a few things that you can do to be proactive in your job search.
- Keep your resume updated and individualized for the different types of jobs you are applying for.
- Let your contacts and network know that you are actively seeking new employment.
- Ensure your social media profiles are up to date and accurate.
- Target specific companies, even when they are not advertising a new/open position.
- Study the companies where you’d like to work.
- Learn a new skill or trait, take a course, or invest in your education.
- Use a variety of methods in finding openings (online, career fairs, recruiters).
- Be prepared for the phone call. Have your interview suit ready to go.
- Practice interview questions, know your answers before your appointment.
- Look for back-door opportunities to meet executives and potential employers.
While some job searches and transitions can take as little as a few weeks, most individuals who are unemployed or who are actively searching, spend between 3-6 months in the job market. Be patient with your results.
If you aren’t getting any calls back, be sure that you are only applying to jobs that you are qualified for, or at least meet 90% of the requirements. When you apply to jobs beyond your qualifications you are likely setting yourself up for disappointment. If you are qualified for the jobs you are applying to, but not getting calls back, check with a resume writer or career coach/mentor to see how your resume can be improved.
What are some other tips you have for being patient in your job search?
Best of luck in your job hunt!