You want a new job and you want it NOW! (More like yesterday!)
You’ve been working hard and hustling to make it happen by optimizing your resume, diligently applying to jobs online, perfecting your elevator pitch, hitting the pavement and attending as many networking events as you can.
And you think, this means you should land a job soon. Say… in a month or less.
I want you to take a deeeeeeeep breath.
If you haven’t been on the job hunt for awhile, I’m going to ask you to take a step back. A new job in a month’s time is not likely going to happen.
Don’t set yourself up for failure. Let’s take a look at what a BEST-case job-search timeline might look like.
Let’s say that today you find a job and apply. You get an automated email from the company to let you know your application was received, and that if there’s a fit, you’ll hear from someone.
Within 2 weeks from today…
you hear back from a real person at the company. A hiring manager liked your resume and will be in touch soon to schedule a phone interview. This is a common practice so they don’t waste anyone’s time with an in-person interview.
Within 3-weeks from today…
You conduct the phone interview and within 3 -days after that, assuming your aced your phone interview, you hear back that they want you to come in for an interview.
Four weeks from today…
You head to the first in-person interview. If you’re currently working, you take a sick day from your current job (cough, cough) and meet up with a panel of 4 people on the hiring team. You ace the interview. You leave thinking it went really well. But then, crickets…and more crickets. You start to wonder if they’ll ever get back to you.
Six weeks from today…
You get a call saying that they want you to come in for a final interview with the company executives. You take another sick day. Attend the interview, start dates and salary are discussed…things look promising. You start feeling pumped up and start envisioning what you’re life is going to be like after you land the job.
But then a few days pass, then a week. Nothing. You start to get anxious. My advice…don’t. It’s part of the process.
Eight weeks from today…
You get an offer. Yay!!!! At long last, you’ve heard back and received a verbal offer. Woo-Hoo! Now, the conversation centers around your starting salary and your start date. Usually they start with will be a minimum of 4-weeks out. The company will conduct a background check, which could take up to 2 weeks. They have to prepare the person or team you will be working with. Plus, they give you 3-4 weeks to leave the company you’re currently with.
12 weeks from today…
you start your first day on the job.
So there you have it, 3 plus months is the BEST case scenario you can expect to land a job. Keep in mind…this is the BEST case scenario to find ANY job. Meaning Entry Level jobs.
“If you’re a professional or an executive, the timeline jumps to 5-6 months.”
Finding a job takes time. Especially if you want to find a Good Job.
Michelle Huo is the Founder of Wando International a 501c3 non-profit organization that empowers vulnerable women around the world by equipping them with in-demand skills to lift themselves out of poverty so they can focus on what really matters…like family.