Tuesday, March 1, 2016

How Long Before You Get the Job? And What To Do While You Wait?

The National Associate of Colleges and Employers recently published information from employers on the average recruiting cycle from their 2015 Recruitment Benchmark Survey. As the infographic above reveals, the average length of time from the job posting to offer acceptance is 68.8 days. That is 1651.2 hours! If you are currently looking for a job it probably comes as no surprise that your job search is more of a marathon than a sprint.

Given that a job seeker has little control over the employer’s timeline, the real question is: Are you using your 68.8 days wisely? Here are 4 simple things you can do to make the most out of your job search hours:

  1. Do not stop applying for jobs. Just because you have interviewed for your dream job, it does not mean it is time to take a break. There are many variables involved in every job search so it is critical to keep applying. This is not the time to put all of your eggs in one basket. If the job you interviewed for does not work out then you will already have additional interviews lined up. If you get offered your dream job you can politely remove yourself from consideration for other positions. So pat yourself on the back for doing well at that interview and then continue your search for additional opportunities.
  2. Continue to network. The key to success lies in your network and therefore your network deserves your attention – all the time; not just when you need something.  What better time to reach out to your supporters and connect than while you are feeling confident about your prospects? If you need some help getting started, check out our networking tips.
  3. Follow up. Professionally following up with employers you have interviewed with is appropriate. Start by sending a thank you email to each person you interviewed with. Another good idea is to ask about the hiring timeline during the interview. But once you have followed up you need to know when to say when. Instead of risking becoming a nuisance or seeming desperate, see Steps 1 and 2.
  4. Focus on building relevant skills and competencies. Time spent building relevant skills will impress prospective employers and give you a boost of confidence.  To be at the top of your profession you need to be a life-long learner. If you are waiting to hear back from an employer spend some time making yourself even more valuable by seeking out professional development opportunities.

For more job search tips, please visit WGU Career & Professional Development. To talk with a Career Specialist about your job search or career, please fill out the career appointment form.

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