If you are hunting for a job, you probably need to find one yesterday. Yet, the reality is, it can take several months and a lot of work to find a new job. If there’s ever a time you need perseverance, it’s while job hunting. Here are some tips for keeping going when the going gets hard. 

Be Realistic about How Long a Job Hunt Takes

The average time to find a new job is around five to six months, but in some fields, it can be much longer. You can find general information about job vacancies in various fields from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. It’s important to understand how long it takes to find a job in your field in order to manage your time, energy and finances while you search. 

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Link — https://www.bls.gov/home.htm 

Treat Looking for Work as Though It’s Your Job

Use the same skills on your job search that you’d use on the job itself. Decide how much time you can devote to job searching and draw up a regular weekly schedule. Once you have that schedule, treat it like work: show up on time, and devote your full energy to the search. Importantly, once your "shift" is over, take a proper break. Job hunting is a marathon, not a sprint, and it’s important not to get burned out. 

Be a Great Boss

Part of treating your job hunt like a job is setting goals and metrics for your performance. Write down the tasks you need to finish each week and track your numbers: so many resumes sent out, so many networking events attended, so many job listings bookmarked, and so on. Now, because you are working for yourself during your job hunt, you get to be a really nice boss. Think of little rewards you can give yourself for hitting all of your targets, such as a trip to your favorite coffee shop or an afternoon at your favorite park. 

Next time, join us as we look at some specific exercises that can help you build perseverance.