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Is Your Job Search Taking Forever? This Could Be Why

27 November 2018
Besma Whayeb
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Have you been looking for a new job for quite a while now? Don’t worry – you’re not the only one. The average recruitment process in the UK for a singular job is over three weeks, meaning your search could take a whole lot longer.

However, there are a few things that could be holding you back. Here’s why your job search may be taking longer than you think – and how you can speed it up:

1. The recruitment process takes three weeks or more

According to Glassdoor, it takes the average UK firm 23 days to hire a new employee – but that number can double, triple, or even quadruple for different positions.

If you’re looking for a specialist job, the process can span months. There’s a lot that goes on, from the moment an organisation identifies the need for a new employee to the moment the job contract is signed. In specialist positions, the window for finding candidates is usually extended too.

You may also want to be patient if you’re career transitioning. Any big changes in your career path can be hard to explain on paper, and many employers find it easier to dismiss left-field applications.

2. You may hear nothing back…

Hearing nothing back is one of the hardest parts of the job search. It takes a lot of time and effort to find, shortlist, and apply for a job, so it can be frustrating when all that work goes to waste.

Employers aren’t obligated to contact unsuccessful candidates, or provide you with any feedback. Often, it’s nothing personal – in fact, many employers don’t want to cause any legal implications. Employers cannot lawfully provide details of successful candidates, and they are also wary of providing feedback that could come across as discrimination.

(While a lot of work is being done to reduce discrimination in hiring, it still exists. It’s important to report any signs of discrimination if you experience anything out of the norm).

3. …Until it’s too late

While the average job is filled within three weeks of advertising, some jobs do take a lot longer to fill – and often, it’s out of your control.

Businesses in need of new staff may also be going through different internal processes, such as restructuring, merging with another business, or expanding rapidly. All these changes can affect their overall recruitment plan, and delay the hiring of new staff.

It’s not uncommon to receive responses to job opportunities even after you’ve landed your next job – so don’t let the radio silence get you down. You’ve got to keep going!

4. Most jobs are not advertised

According to Forbes, up to 80% of jobs aren’t advertised. That’s a huge chunk of jobs – making it even more important that you stay on top of the jobs that are advertised.

If you’re struggling to put the time into your job search, we recommend making use of our job alerts and job shortlists.

And for that 80% you can’t find online – make sure you build your professional network, and keep nurturing it. A great way to do this is by creating your own personal brand, and let the jobs come to you.

How to find a job more quickly

At AdView, we’re more than just a job search site. We want to provide you with the tools to find, enjoy and excel at your next position. Have a read of our guide to streamlining your job search to speed up your job hunt, and make sure you consider:

  • Applying to more jobs with similar job titles
  • Using job alerts to hear about new openings first
  • Getting your CV reviewed for free by our partner, TopCV
  • Networking at local events and industry-related meets
  • Timing your job search to coincide with popular hiring months

Best of luck with your job search!