Are Candidates Finding Jobs Faster… or Just Fielding More Interviews?

If it seems that you’re generating quick interest from employers, but your job search is still taking longer, it’s not your imagination.

To conduct an informal survey of career professionals, my colleague Julie Walraven recently posed a question on LinkedIn that seemed to inspire similar answers from those of us in the careers industry.

Many seasoned, leadership-level professionals are finding that interest in their skills has picked up over the past 6 months. While this is a good sign, it doesn’t always mean that companies are truly ready to hire.

Consider the saga of one client, who recently noted that “after 3 successful interviews, I did not hear back from a large employer. Upon calling, I was informed that the Board was considering a merger with another organization, and there would not be a need to fill the slot I had interviewed for should the merger take place.”

The good news? Companies ARE showing interest in well-qualified candidates.

The not-so-wonderful news? They’re not always able to do something about it, which means that you’ll need to hang in there and continue to build productive relationships for your search.

2 thoughts on “Are Candidates Finding Jobs Faster… or Just Fielding More Interviews?

  1. Resume says:

    Thanks a lot for your post. I was able to use this information on my research. I used to need details on checking out available jobs for the fresh graduates. This is really a useful information.

  2. Julie Walraven | Resume Services says:

    Thanks for the mention, Laura, it was your answer, Jacqui's, and several others that I couldn't fit in my post that helped me create the post that was originally prompted by Christine Livingston from the UK asking me on Twitter what I see as the length of time it is taking for candidates to find new positions.

    Every day we see more disillusioned job seekers and we need to find ways to reach out to them. Fortunately, many of us are now visible with free advice to those who aren't ready to invest in professional help.

    On the other hand, in 2010, I am seeing professionals and executives positioning themselves for the next move. I firmly believe the cycle will end.

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