The average time it takes to hire a person in the US is currently about 28 days. That doesn’t seem like a very long time at first glance. What is significant is that companies are now taking longer to hire new employees ever since this statistic has been recorded. The time to hire takes into account all workers for all positions. However, the higher your position on the organization chart, the longer the time it will take you to be hired. It’s simply a matter of math.
The higher the sales position you are seeking, the lower the number of openings available. If you are a mid-career sales professional, count on a minimum of 3 months in job transition.
Therefore, I want you to do some things today to help prepare you and your family for your journey.
Have a family meeting. Let everyone know what happened. Be truthful. Be optimistic. Assure your family that everything will be OK. Let them know that discretionary income is going to be tight. When I had my family meeting, my son asked, “Are we going to have to stop eating pizza?” (We did not.)
✔ Find out how to file for unemployment. If you can file online, do so today.
✔ Get copies of all of your current bills, including credit cards, utility bills, mortgage, insurance, college loans, medical payments, cable, internet, etc. Copy down the customer service telephone numbers. You are going to make some calls tomorrow.
✔ If you have a financial advisor, find his telephone number and all your account summaries.
✔ Review your cash on hand and the amount of funds that you have available through credit.
✔ If you have not been given extended medical benefits through COBRA, find a local healthcare provider and have a conversation regarding medical benefits. Find out what your medical insurance options.
If you are like most hard working Americans, you have not take the time to do much about exercising. Now is the time to lose those extra pounds and make yourself look fit and trim for your interviews.
Remember, over 50% of job interview success depends upon non-verbal communication. How you look, how you are groomed, what you wear, your posture, your handshake, how you sit, etc. are all now critically important. So, now is the time to look your best. Exercise is an individual choice. Whatever you choose, walking, running, weight training, basketball, volleyball, swimming, aerobics, dancing or kickboxing, get on a regular schedule.
Download the “Podcasts” app on your smartphone. If you don’t know how to do that, ask your twelve-year-old neighbor. We are going to use this app a lot.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss