It’s well known that January and February are THE best months of the year to land a new job. After all, new budgets are freshly minted and everyone is coming back after the holidays. Common belief is that April and May are the second best, but I believe the second best time of year is September. Hiring managers and recruiters alike are back from Summer vacations and eager to get all those open slots filled so work can get back to normal. And that hiring window is short! It’s not long before the holidays arrive and things come to a crushing halt again.
You can find all sorts of data about how long a job search takes, but in honesty, how long your search takes depends on so many factors that are unique to you. Things like your profession, where you live, how the economy is doing, and so much more. But, from the hundreds of people I’ve worked with over the years, unless you are in a specific and in-high-demand position (like software developers), you can expect your search to take anywhere from 3 – 6 months.
So, given the time that you’re going to invest in your job search, don’t you want to do the best job preparing? Like anything, the more you prepare and the more you practice, the better you will perform. And ‘performing’ in the job search means landing that job.
Preparing means far more than brushing up your resume. It may mean rewriting your resume entirely as resumes have changed over the years. It DOES include your LinkedIn profile, a networking strategy to seek out those people who can help accelerate your search, and most assuredly, it includes interview prep. I know many people think they ace all their interviews. Well, the truth is, some do. But like everything else, interviews have changed over the years and you need to learn the new rules and how to master the experience.
All of this prep takes time to do it properly. The most popular program I offer to those who know the job they seek, is 3 months. Yes, 3 months of research, self-exploration, documentation of your unique value on the job, networking and interview practice. SO WHY ARE YOU WAITING? September is just 4 months away. If you want a new job before the end of the year, now is the time to start that preparation.
To entice those who are still holding back, I’ve been offering a Summer special throughout the month of May. Sign up for my Job Search Strategy or my Career Discovery program by May 31, 2017, and receive a deep discount on my regular program rate. You’ll save money, invest in your career AND be ready to say yes when you receive an offer in September! Just click HERE to schedule a complimentary 30 minute call with me to discuss your career goals.
Andrea's passion is to see you achieve your professional dreams. Whether you are a corporate leader seeking leadership development for your employees or an individual seeking guidance in building your career or preparing for retirement, she will coach you to success.