Modern-day job hunters take five months on average to finally land a position, according to new research. A study into the job-hunting experiences of 2,000 Americans examined exactly what people go through in the often-arduous process of securing employment. Results showed the best part of half a year is now the average time taken to gain employment for those hunting. The fascinating new statistic emerged from a study by recruitment agency Randstad US discovering the "art of the job hunt" which was able to profile what the average modern job hunt looks like. Those five months will include, on average, four different edited versions of a resumé, seven applications submitted, five job interviews attended, and four cover letters written. So it's no surprise that 82 percent of Americans agree searching for a new job is a stressful experience. The study also found that many Americans may be making some crucial interview and application mistakes. Just 39 percent of Americans follow up every time after a job interview, with over one in ten (12 percent) saying they "rarely" follow up after a job interview. It might be worth it to take some time to research the role, too. Thirty-eight percent of Americans, incredibly, said they've fully applied to a job without reading the description and requirements. Not only that, Americans polled said they think they'd only actually enjoy working at less than half (42 percent) of the roles they apply for. That might explain why the average American polled only felt 54 percent qualified for the last job they applied to, according to new research. Getting a job interview is half the battle, so it's important for job seekers to properly prepare for one. Half of Americans say they've done a job interview that they felt completely unprepared for, and 57 percent say they've had a job interview go poorly. Nearly half (49 percent) have even gone in for an interview for a job they knew they weren't qualified for. Said Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals and Life Sciences : "Landing your dream job requires some self-reflection. Set aside quiet, uninterrupted time to write down your strengths and passions, as well as the skills you have mastered at this point in your career -- both the soft skills, and the technical skills that are specific to your line of work. This will set you up for success in your search, as you can use the list to match keywords in job descriptions." Job interview questions was a hot topic of the study as well, with the question "What are your weaknesses?" being voted as the hardest question to answer during an interview. "Why should I hire you?" came in second place, with the simple, but ironically difficult command "tell me about yourself" rounding out the top three. Interview mistakes are all too common for potential job prospects, with nearly half (48 percent) pointing to nerves as a reason they screwed up during an interview. Said Jodi Chavez, President, Randstad Professionals and Life Sciences: "Think of the interview as an opportunity be a salesperson, and only what you're selling is yourself! And make no mistake, an interview is a performance. But fortunately, practice makes perfect. I always recommend role playing with your recruiter, or a friend or family member. Prepare for how you would answer those tough questions that candidates tend to stumble on most often." One in four (23 percent) said they failed to research the job and company enough beforehand, and 21 percent said they got a key question wrong. But perhaps a little help could go a long way during the "job hunt." 78 percent of Americans agreed that they would benefit from help and guidance when looking for a new job. Nearly half of all respondents (47 percent) also agreed that when it's time to search for a new job, they have no idea where to even start.
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