How long does it take to find a job in 2021? The most straightforward answer to the question is that the timing depends on a number of factors, which, of course, is not a straightforward answer at all.
But, it does go to show you that determining a timeline for finding a job is complicated, at best.
The longer you have been out of the workforce or seeking a new position, the more you will want a swift solution.
But, job hunting is uncertain and it takes time.
Once you have decided to find new or different employment, you embark on a journey of securing job interviews and sometimes, this means you are faced with awkward silences from employers who don’t call. The process of waiting for a job offer then begins.
Your job search is unique to you, which is why suggesting a single and specific timeline is not possible. But a significant element in securing a job in a timely manner is the effort you are willing to put into the process.
Hiring managers and HR departments will look at your resume and consider your work experience, education, and accomplishments to determine your worthiness as a candidate. And that just gets you the interview. Your dedication to a well-crafted resume, time spent researching potential employers, and a focus on preparing for the interview will impress the hiring team and potentially lead to an offer.
While it is impossible to say how long it will take to find a job in 2021, there are some average timelines that can be used as a guide.
Here are some things to consider when seeking employment in 2021, suggestions for how long it could take, and some tips that may even speed up the process:
Covid-19 and Unemployment Numbers
2020 was a challenging year for many Canadians and the uncertainty has no doubt spilled over into 2021.
If you’re attempting to reenter the workforce, or seeking more meaningful employment, you may be concerned about the employment landscape.
The North American economy continues to reel from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the unemployment rate is persistently higher than it should be, having peaked in May of 2020 at 13.7%.
But, there are reasons to be hopeful!
Though still higher than pre-COVID times (5.6% in February 2020 just before the economic shutdown), the unemployment rate is actually in a steady decline. In July 2020, the unemployment rate was 10.9%, and it decreased for the following three months to 8.5% in November.
What does this mean for job seekers? The decline in the unemployment rate means that more people have joined the workforce, which is excellent news for job seekers.
Not all industries were impacted significantly by the pandemic. Many companies have turned to remote work, which means the companies have moved to smaller offices or no office space, creating more budget wiggle room for hiring new employees.
So, if you looking for a new job, don’t feel discouraged as there are plenty of reasons to feel optimistic in 2021.
Average Job Search Time
One of the most challenging parts of embarking on a job hunt is not knowing how long it will be before you are employed. This uncertainty affects different job seekers in different ways.
As a recent graduate from college or university, you may be eager to enter the workforce and find a lucrative career in your field. Or, if you have lost your job or you are underemployed or dissatisfied with work, you may feel your job hunt is urgent and time-sensitive.
The typical job search takes two to six months and depends on the level of position to which you have applied. If you are searching for an executive position, expect the search to last longer. Executive appointments tend to set the tone for a company so they take time. A hire that is the wrong fit for the company/position can be detrimental to the entire establishment.
Your search timeline will also vary depending on: the state of the economy, the number of jobs available in your area, your job search tactics (active participation in the process), and how much effort you put into the search.
Though it might be hard to swallow, set a realistic expectation of six months. Giving yourself space in your hiring deadline will encourage you to follow all essential steps and avoid taking unnecessary shortcuts. Establishing this loose timeline means you will not be disappointed if your job hunt does take six months and that you are pleasantly surprised if you get hired sooner.
You may defy the average and get hired immediately after applying for the job you want. Quickly landing an appointment will be great for you, and we will get into ways you may increase your attractiveness as a hire later in this article.
How Long Does Each Step in the Hiring Process Take?
The steps that precede being hired factor into the overall hiring timeline. There are no hard and fast rules for how long each one will take but here are a few estimations that can be applied:
It typically takes one to two weeks to hear anything after you have applied for a job. A study by Indeed showed that 44% of respondents that applied for jobs heard from employers within a ‘couple’ of weeks. Some employers will take a considerable amount of time, and others are quick responders.
An employers’ response may be expedited if there is an urgency in filling the position or if the organization is small. For larger organizations, there are more channels the application must travel through before reaching the hiring department or HR department meaning it may take more time to receive a response to your application.
The number of potential hires in the running for a position can impact the interview process. There may be several rounds of phone, virtual, and in-person interviews required to narrow down the field of candidates.
A highly sought after job with many qualified candidates could mean that interviewing takes several weeks to complete.
A week to ten days is the standard wait period after a final interview. But, as always, there are some factors that can impact this timeline.
Some employers require additional time to check credentials (especially if they have been earned in foreign countries), run background checks, contact references, or review security clearances.
It is possible that you have impressed an employer enough to receive a job offer immediately following your interview, but it is more likely that you will have to wait over a week to hear back. If you are applying for an executive position or one with an unusually high salary or compensation, you can expect to wait even longer.
How to Accelerate Your Job Hunt
We understand that being unemployed or stuck in a job you don’t like is a cause for stress and uncertainty, so
we have some tips for helping you potentially accelerate your job search timeline.
The effort you put into finding a job will help you get hired faster. Frequently search job sites to find positions well-suited to your ambitions and to your qualifications. Add email notifications and alerts to ensure that you do not miss any postings in your desired industry.
If you love a company, but there are no job opportunities, send an introductory letter of interest. You might pique their curiosity and put a bug in the ear of the hiring manager.
Show a Willingness to Adapt or Relocate
You may have to broaden your job hunt to include jobs that are adjacent to your ideal position. You may be more apt to find employment if you apply to jobs similar to, but outside of, your specific qualifications. Do not be afraid to apply to jobs outside your geographical location. Stating that you are willing to relocate to fulfill the role will highlight you as a dedicated and committed candidate.
Nepotism is a real and thriving part of the job force, as much as we would all sometimes prefer that it wasn’t.
A great place to start the networking process is to mention your job search to different people that you may encounter. Think of acquaintances like parents at your child’s school or friends from your hockey team. Friends, family, and former coworkers may know of an open position or an upcoming vacancy and could point you in the right direction while also putting in a good word on your behalf.
Hire an Award-Winning Resume Writer and Interview Coach
One way to help guide your way through the hiring process (and expedite your waiting time) is to hire professional support.
An award-winning resume writer understands what sets you apart from the rest of the potential hires and effectively communicates this to potential employers via your resume.
Even if you think you have written the best resume in the history of employment, you can benefit from working with a professional. When it comes to resume layout and properly describing your attributes and experiences, a resume writer can help to create a resume that will get you noticed.
If you are looking for a job with more responsibilities, a higher title, and more money, a resume writer and interview strategist will help you stand out above the other candidates.
Contact Career Marketing Centre
Career Marketing Centre will use your work experience and education to create a resume and cover letter that distinguishes you as the most qualified candidate for the job. They will frame your resume in a way that gets past any electronic filters so that you are seen by the right people and stand out to hiring managers and HR personnel.
Amy at Career Marketing Centre is an expert at crafting a well-written resume that you will be anxious to forward on to potential employers. Once you have secured an interview, Amy can help you prepare for your interview, too.