Avoid the job search burnout by being prepared – it can be a marathon, rather than a sprint, Cara Jenkin reveals.
JOBSEEKERS should leave at least three months for their job search and be prepared for it to take even longer to get into work or find a better position.
That is the median length of time it is taking unemployed jobseekers to be hired as well as a rough guide for those already employed and applying for work elsewhere.
Workers are reminded not to underestimate the time it takes or the amount of work involved in the recruitment process, especially those already in a job and juggling day-to-day duties as well as job applications and interviews, or they risk being burned out or becoming discouraged.
The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show the median amount of time a jobseeker is out of work and looking for a new job is 12 weeks, up from nine weeks in 2009 but equal to the time taken in 2001.
Meanwhile the latest Randstad Workmonitor shows both young and mature-age workers face battles to get work.
Ninety per cent of Australians believe it is hard for older workers to find a suitable job, with 84 per cent forced to take a job below their education level, while 56 per cent say it is difficult for workers aged under 25 to get suitable work and 69 per cent often take jobs below their education level.
Right Management career transition practice leader Tim Roche says jobseekers need to stay upbeat in their search and not become disheartened if they think it is taking too long.
‘‘ I say to people, you have got to be realistic and give yourself three months,’’ he says.
From the date the advertisement is published, employers may leave two weeks for applications to be lodged.
Employers can be caught up in their day-to-day jobs and not get to the applications for another week or two, then need to read through resumes received and whittle down a shortlist for the first interview.
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have a second, third or fourth interview stage and/or require workers to be assessed.
Negotiation can draw the process out further before final offers are accepted, he says.
‘‘ Twelve weeks goes very, very quickly,’’ Roche says.
‘‘ People tend to be unrealistic about the length of time associated with the process.’’
Almost one in 10 Australians were out of work at some stage during 2011.
The time it takes to find a new job also varies by age, with mature-age workers 55 years and older more likely to be out of work longer (a median 16 weeks) and those aged 15 to 19 years finding a job the quickest (a median of nine weeks).
The ABS statistics show 19.6 per cent of unemployed people in 2012 were out of work for one year or more and officially classed as ‘‘ long-term unemployed’’. The most common difficulty to finding work, cited by 18 per cent, was their health or disability.
There were 106,600
dis- couraged jobseekers in Australia who would start a job within four weeks if offered it but were not looking for work because they did not think they would find one.
It was a significant increase from the 90,700 reported in 2011 but similar to the number reported in 2010 (102,100) and 2009 (111,800).
Most discouraged jobseekers (36 per cent) report that their main reason for no longer looking is that they are considered too old by em-
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