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#1 huggle

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:30 PM

In the last three months a few of my friends and family have been made redundant, have been fired or haven't made it past their probationary period. It is obviously a pretty crappy job market out there at the moment. So I was just wondering what other people's thoughts were on how long it takes to find a new job at the moment (I know it's like asking how long is a piece of string). One person found another job within days, one person got such a good redundancy package they are not intending on returning to full time work for quite some time but the other people don't have the luxury of time and if they don't find something in a month (maximum) they would be in financial trouble. So just curious how long do you think the average time is to find a new job when you lose your old one?

#2 jayskette

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:35 PM

It is just so hard to say. depends on your industry and where you live. I was made redundant and was unemployed for 1 day, my DH was made redundant back in May and now has 4 job offers being confirmed now. It is just a numbers game - you send enough applications in and you will get some interviews. A person I know was made redundant in 1987 and since then became a full time dole bludger sad.gif

#3 #YKG

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:36 PM

TBH it's variable I know some have gotten one straight away and others out of work for 18 months before they got one. I find there is no standard and age can be a factor but not always. Making a resume as attractive as possible may help

#4 Mercurial

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:40 PM

DH was retrenched eight weeks ago, professional capacity.  He's currently emailing off his certificates so that a company can make their formal offer.  It's been a long eight weeks with lots of interviews.  Unfortunately in a professional capacity companies rarely hire quickly and it always takes weeks.

#5 bakesgirls

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:42 PM

For DH and I, we've never been out of work for over a week. I think though, that is due mainly to our industries and where we live. I have known people who have been out of work for over a year, and that was not through lack of trying on their part to be employed.

There's a lot of factors at play, so I don't think there is a particular time frame in which a job can be found.

#6 huggle

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:44 PM

I was thinking the same thing that there are just too many variables for there to be one standard answer but I am just shocked at how many people I know have lost their job one way or another in the last couple of months.  Plus I imagine this isn't a great time of year to be unemployed as I am assuming most companies (outside of retail or hospitality) wouldn't put staff on towards the end of the year. Most are in their 30's/40's and would be mid level within their industry (which varies across the group).

#7 Apageintime

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:49 PM

Depends on industry and what sort of thing you're prepared to do, ie work casually/ contract or work away from home if nessecary.

#8 the world

Posted 14 November 2012 - 05:50 PM

since  may i have  gone  for  almost  20 interviews  sent my  resume  more  time s  than i  can count

have  worked  as pca  /hacc   home care worker  personal carer   for  12  years   no  client in my  area(bulldust)  i have  rung  office always  get  same answer  no  clients   was  told to find  altentive  employment till they give  clients    my  mobile  is  on  every day

i want to  work  i do not  know  how  much longer i can keep mad.gif  my head  above  water

#9 Cat Burglar

Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:42 PM

QUOTE (the world @ 14/11/2012, 06:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
since  may i have  gone  for  almost  20 interviews  sent my  resume  more  time s  than i  can count

have  worked  as pca  /hacc   home care worker  personal carer   for  12  years   no  client in my  area(bulldust)  i have  rung  office always  get  same answer  no  clients   was  told to find  altentive  employment till they give  clients    my  mobile  is  on  every day

i want to  work  i do not  know  how  much longer i can keep mad.gif  my head  above  water


Sorry to hear that! Was actually going to suggest being a home carer as an industry that always seems to need people (I used to do it years ago) but sometimes the pay can suck


#10 KylieferalMin0gue

Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:16 PM

QUOTE (the world @ 14/11/2012, 06:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
since  may i have  gone  for  almost  20 interviews  sent my  resume  more  time s  than i  can count

have  worked  as pca  /hacc   home care worker  personal carer   for  12  years   no  client in my  area(bulldust)  i have  rung  office always  get  same answer  no  clients   was  told to find  altentive  employment till they give  clients    my  mobile  is  on  every day

i want to  work  i do not  know  how  much longer i can keep mad.gif  my head  above  water


Is there a nursing agency in your area?  (There is a big national one, pm me and I will let you know which one.  This agency also does rural areas as well as city)
I worked agency for a long time as a pcw, and there was always work.  Was a pain going to different places everyday, and sometimes not knowing where I was going till an hour before a start time, but overall I enjoyed it.

#11 -Emissary-

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

It depends. For the three times I have ever job seek, it took me 2 months, 4 days and 3 months.

The ironic thing is that on the other side of the table, it isn't that much better. We have spent the last 2 months recruiting for a mat leave cover. 12 months ago, we would have received over 200 applications and many suitable candidates. This time around, we received 50 and only 1 barely suitable candidate. It's a junior role so it's not like we are expecting a lot.  unsure.gif

#12 ChunkyChook

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:15 PM

It's a tricky one. Really does depend, when I wanted 'good' jobs it took almost 6 months. When I was happy with anything (casual, retail) 1 day. I am happy where I am now. Choose my own days and hours which is great, being a single mum I only do 9-3, no school holidays or weekends.



#13 ChunkyChook

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:17 PM

It's a tricky one. Really does depend, when I wanted 'good' jobs it took almost 6 months. When I was happy with anything (casual, retail) it took 1 day. I am happy where I am now. Choose my own days and hours which is great, being a single mum I only do 9-3, no school holidays or weekends.



#14 Jekaho

Posted 14 November 2012 - 08:18 PM

As so many have said it's totally variable.

My hubby was made redundant two years ago and is still looking sad.gif Not for lack of trying, searching, applying and interviewing.

#15 Wineandchocolate

Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:24 AM

I've been looking for over 7 months and have three university degrees.  Have registered with every recruitment agency under the sun for ANY sort of work (casual, part time, full time, etc.), but nothing!  Not even Kmart wants me sad.gif

#16 lozoodle

Posted 15 November 2012 - 07:27 AM

Its such a variable thing. I personally haven't even had issues with getting a job, but that's because I have a fairly good skillset and the type of work I do is fairly generic and can be any number of roles / industries. It is not overly specialist.

There are so many factors such as location, age, industry, job type, experience, economic climate in that industry, etc etc that can make all the difference.

#17 Maple Leaf

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:07 AM

First time DH job searched it took a month, second time was 4 months.

Very dependant on industry and geography and unfortunately, your personal connections.


#18 ~Kee~In~Hawaii~

Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:15 AM

It varies hugely.

DH is in the building industry but in an office environment as a manager and he has now been made redundant from positions like this 4 times in 7 years. The other 3 times he quite literally walked out of the job after being let go and had another job to go to the next day. This time, it's been 8 weeks and in that time there's hardly been any suitable jobs to apply for. He's tertiary educated and has over 12 years experience in the role and still he was being overlooked. He did get one job 2 weeks ago and we were thrilled and the day the company was meant to sign his new contract, they called and said they had given the role to someone else - someone cheaper. Not that he stated what his wage expectations would be, we are happy just to have him working, we don't care if it's for less money than previously. We felt like DH had been kicked while he was down.

It's all worked out, we've hit 8 weeks today and he just got a job this morning with a great building company for almost the same money as previous and he's thrilled. So am I. It's been so stressful not having him working.

I hope everyone out there finds the roles they are looking for, it's certainly shown us that it's a lot harder now than it was a few years ago!



#19 Academic

Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:32 PM

Typically it's taken me a long time. I have pretty specific experience / qualifications, in an industry that is generally low-budget, small businesses and is quite tiny in the city I live in.

In the past I've tried applying for non-professional roles just to have something - retail, admin etc. - but there are others who have much more experience in these roles than I do, and I'm seen as overqualified and likely to up and leave as soon as I get a job in my field (which is true), so I never have success there either.

I'm currently looking again and I hate it. I'm better connected than I have been during other periods of job-hunting so I hope it doesn't take as long, but it's also a particularly awful time to be looking in this field. All I want is to find something I can happily stay in for years and years!

#20 JRA

Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

I think it is one of those questions, how long is a piece of string.

I know many shops etc that are looking for people and have been for ages, they just cannot find people.

The unemployment rate is highish at the moment, but far from its worst.

#21 liveworkplay

Posted 15 November 2012 - 12:58 PM

My dh was made redundant this time last year. He works in a professional capacity in the construction industry. The industry is in dire straits with some companies tendering at a loss just to get work. He took 7 day to get another job. A friend of ours contract was up and took nearly a year to find work. He works in community outreach/rehab.

#22 FeralRebelWClaws

Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:42 PM

It really does depend on what you do...

I'm a maths teacher and DF is a mechanic and we both can pretty much swan into jobs fairly easily (though of cuorse, as in with teaching, most jobs are for start of the year.)

My Mum is an Exec Assistant and was made redundant in August. Her direct boss was gutter and desperately didn't want her to go, and she LOVED her job. She then got a temp job for 6 months, but she had to leave as the people she was working with were causing her to go down hill with her mental health.

It's pretty quiet at this time of year, most places will stop hiring until Feb and just in generally there aren't many jobs around in Mum's field, which sucks :/

Mum was looking in Sydney for two years and couldn't get a job, but got one down here in Canberra pretty fast. unfortunately this time it's taken significantly longer :/

#23 strawberrycakes

Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:14 PM

took me 18 mths to find a job, all up I applied for at least 300 jobs & went for almost 30 interviews.

TBH I think Christmas time is the worst for job hunting but seems to pick up mid year.




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