There is not a lot of scientific evidence regarding the amount of time job seekers spend looking for a job each day, but you can probably guess that the amount is small. Here’s a recent poll, started January 14, 2010, from job search consultant Jacob Share with some surprising results:
More than 4 hours/day: 26%
2 – 4 hours/day: 22%
1 – 2 hours/day: 16%
30 – 60 minutes/day: 13%
0 – 30 minutes/day: 23%
This last entry is shocking – nearly one in four of the respondents spend less than 30 minutes a day looking for their next job. Previous studies aren’t much better – the average time spent on a search from a 2008 survey in the United States was 40 minutes/day.
That’s less time than the average American spends watching TV (4.7 hours) or even getting showered and dressed (57 minutes.)
Either these people just aren’t that serious about their search or they have given up looking. The better news from this latest survey is that nearly half are serious and spending at least 2 hours per day looking and 26% are spending more than 4 hours per day.
What is not clear is how much of that time – if any – is spent actually talking to people live (yes, networking) or reaching out via social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) In this economy, the people finding their jobs are working harder than ever to land them.
One thing is certain: spending less than 30 minutes per day on your job search will pretty much guarantee a very long unemployment period.
How much time are you spending on your search?
JP McDermott is a financial services and insurance advisor in Walnut Creek, CA. specializing in career transitions. He is also a career and financial coach, a freelance writer on career coaching with SF Examiner.com, and has been volunteering his time and experience to various non-profit, service and civic organizations.
JP lives in Danville with his wife Candy.
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