How to find a suitable job?
Author: Peter Newfield Origin: Career Discussions Date:2019-10-17 View

Do you need to speed up your job search? How long have you been at it?

How long should the average job search take, anyway? A couple of weeks? A couple of months? A year?

There is no good answer for this, but in the increasingly “instant gratification” culture we live in, the most accurate answer is “too long” no matter how long it actually takes. At least we can all agree that six to nine months can feel like an eternity.

So, let’s speed up your job search with these top tips.

Only Apply For Jobs You Really Want

More is not better in this case and, quite frankly, a waste of your precious time. Get very specific about the type of company and the kind of job you want. At what level do you want to start? What values are important to you? What kind of culture? Benefits?

Make a list of “Must Haves” for your next job and don’t apply for those that don’t meet the criteria.

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A word of caution: Be realistic about your “must haves.” They have to be achievable based on your level of education and experience. If you have entry level experience you probably won’t be hired as a senior executive with a corner office. You do have to work your way up. However, if a short commute and stock options are important to you, go after those jobs.

Salaries and benefits can be negotiated, but set a low end range for yourself that you are not willing to go below and stick to it.