Hopefully, it will only continue to pick up. While we have three job announcements to list this issue, there are a couple of others that the Admin Guy is awaiting input on before printing up the particulars. In one case, the individual had done a national search that stretched out in terms of time, but in the end it was worth it because he found what looks to be like a very good match. In the meantime, other MPNers who were working have been able to move on to new positions or new companies. And job leads have increased noticeably.
In short, there seems to be a real pickup in the job market. Which in turn is encouraging job seekers to come out and be more proactive in their searches. No question it was a long summer and only the most ardent and persevering went through the whole season without a break. Then again, I just read an article in the Wall Street Journal that recommends that one cut back on how long you work (and I would include job search work in that category) in order to be more productive. At the same time, when things perk up, it’s a good time to pick up your search as well.
As for how long a search should take…there is no real formula. The old formula of a month/$10k of salary is no longer really relevant, especially to this economy. The real key is how quickly a candidate can learn the ins and outs of job searching; how soon they move away from their computer screens and out of the house to meet new people and explore new avenues of work. This is no time to be timid and house-bound; better to go to one of those endlessly dull networking meetings (like MPN – not!) than read another online job description and send your carefully crafted reply to the black hole of resumes. Still, you’ve got to take the steps you feel necessary for you; but sooner or later, you’ll get out and about. And the sooner the better!