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How Do You Measure Up?

Are doing enough in your job search?

➔ If you feel like job seeking is a lonely proposition, you’re right. A job search is a singular, individual activity. You’re one person, looking for one job. It’s not a group activity.

Or is it? Most successful job seekers do involve others – all of which can be considered your job search “group.” Your former colleagues, vendors – even competitors, mentors and coaches, friends and family, You can engage them all in your job search. But, at the end of the day, it still comes down to you.

Are you up to the challenge?

Are you investing enough time and effort into your job search? At the risk of sounding non-committal, it depends. It depends on the job you’re seeking; it depends on your industry; it depends on your experience; it depends on the job market and the economy.

As for time, CareerBuilder recently surveyed job seekers and found that the average person spends 11 hours per week searching for jobs. That runs contrary to those people who claim that looking for a job is a full-time job. The truth would appear to be somewhere in the middle – depending on the factors noted above. However, if you’re spending less than 11 hours per week on your search, that’s probably not going to cut it.

Another consideration is the significant of increase in the number of remote positions available today. That would translate into considerably more competition for most jobs. The more competition, the more time necessary to spend looking for those jobs as well as researching the companies, the individuals, the positions in question, etc.

In the end, it always comes down to the individual and what you’re willing to commit to your job search.


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