How Long Will Your Job Search Take?

Well, that depends! The average time according to Mary Ann Milbourn in a recent OC Register post, even in this crazy economy, is about four months. My sense is that it can take much, much longer. However, a branded marketable value proposition (MVP) and a solid search strategy (whether or not you are currently unemployed) can significantly shorten your search time. 

Google Alerts keep me informed of news on CFOs, Chief Financial Officers, and Financial Executives every day, and I can tell you that there are folks leaving and folks being hired. The need is still there!

John Challenger of Challenger, Gray, and Christmas is quoted in Milbourn's post, "Job hunt may not take as long as you think," as saying, “Those who merely sit on the Internet all day, surfing job boards, are missing 80% of the job openings.” 

If that is your primary search strategy, you could be sitting for quite a long time. 

You Should be Networking

I find that my senior finance executive clients seem to struggle with networking. Either they are so busy working in their jobs that they don’t have time or energy to devote to networking. Or, they are lulled into a false sense of security (I have a job) and therefore avoid what they don’t feel comfortable doing.

"Why You Should Be Networking" provides some valuable insight into the benefits of networking. A couple of my favorite snippets include …

“As an outplacement consultant, I see a lot of people who have lost their jobs because they haven’t networked,” Challenger says. “And the ones who find the best jobs are really wired. They’re a lot more successful than the people who have been more introverted.”

Since introverts tend to be listeners, they can actually be perceived as very good conversationalists because with a few well–worded questions they let the extroverts do all the talking!

“At this rate, your kids could grow up believing that unless other people are thinking about them—constantly!—they don’t really exist.”

This could well become the new definition of networking!