Job-hunting Bees (present and past) – mind sharing your timing?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: How long was it before you heard back from anyone regarding your resume/cover letter?
    1 - 2 weeks : (5 votes)
    31 %
    3 weeks - 1 month : (4 votes)
    25 %
    1 month - 3 months : (5 votes)
    31 %
    3 months - 6 months : (1 votes)
    6 %
    6 months + : (1 votes)
    6 %
    less than 1 week : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    Hi, I’d be happy to tell you about my previous experience. I just started a new job 4 weeks ago, so I’ve recently been through the interview process. I had been looking for a new job for at least a year and a half prior to this. I received several interviews, but none of the positions worked out until this one.

    1. I applied for the job on November 5, and received an interview request on November 20, so it took about two weeks. The job posting had been up for a couple of weeks already, so I think that’s why I heard back fairly quickly.

    2. I was employed at the time I was applying.

    3. Yes, I am in Dallas, TX.

    Interviewing is really tough. Good luck and don’t give up! It took me so long to find a new job, but it all came together in the end.


    Post # 5
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Dallas, TX

    @MrsNewDay:  If it makes you feel better, I was being pretty picky with what I applied for. Since I was already employed it wasn’t a neccessity to change jobs, I was just ready for a change. I’m sure if I had applied to everything I was remotely qualified for it would have gone faster than that!

    Post # 6
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    My current job, I applied for in April 2010 and started September 2010.

    • I applied in April – my application was accepted, HR reviewed it, and then a portion was sent to external review to be ranked. I was told those who were ranked in the top 4 would get interviews.
    • In June I got a letter in the mail telling me I had ranked 2nd. Also, that I would get a call by the COB that Friday.
    • At 7pm that Friday I got a call for an interview.
    • interviewed in July
    • then was told it would be two weeks before a decision was made and that they decided to interview 8 canidates for the job.
    • In August I followed up with the person hiring to see if they had made a decision since I was told I would hear either way, she promised me I would hear by the end of the week.
    • That Friday I got a call saying I got the job. This was mid-August. I gave my current job 2 weeks, moved, and then was told I had to wait to start my new job for two weeks because I was only allowed to start on the first Monday of a new pay period. So I started in Mid-September.

    Post # 8
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    1.) It really depends.  For the new job I’m starting next week, I heard back the next day even though it’s for a huge, international firm, because it’s for an internal position and I sent it directly to the hiring manager.  But I’ve had to wait weeks and months before – I’ve even gotten rejection letters like 6 months after I sent in my application, long after I’d already been hired elsewhere.

    2.) I was/am still employed.  With the exception of when I temped full time upon coming home from abroad, I’ve always job-hunted while employed.  (I’m too big of a chicken to just quit a job I wasn’t happy with and look later, plus it’s not financially possible for me.)

    3.) My new job will be mid-level, but the two jobs before this one were entry-level.  (It’s probably easier to find lower level jobs because there are more positions.)

    4.) I’m in Canada! 🙂

    Good luck on your search!

    Post # 9
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    1. How long did it take for you to finally hear back from HR/recruiting regarding your resume/cover letter: I had applied for jobs for about 2 – 3 weeks and had heard nothing so went and read a whole bunch of tips on the internet and decided to re-do my resume and make it more ‘goals focused’ (your achievements and how impressive you are built into the ‘skills’ area). As soon as I did that the calls literally came flooding in…

    2. Were you still employed by your former employer or unemployed at the time? I was still in my previous job, was doing all this on the sneaky, fielding my calls etc. Lucky my previous job was so flexible, I could just leave early for interviews etc and pretend I had doctors appointments/etc. 

    3. Was your ideal position entry-level, mid-level or high-level (executive, controller, etc.)?: mid-level otherwise it wasn’t worth changing jobs, I didn’t want to leave for something that paid the same (if I had a choice) and if it did pay the same, it better have been super interesting, very different and worth the change. 

    4. Are you in the US? No, Australia. I hear that in the USA, applying for jobs online isn’t the norm… thank god it is here! I would hate having to go around to companies and knocking on their door or calling them asking if they have any vacancies! 

    Post # 11
    1102 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MrsNewDay:  hello 🙂 I read a Doctor Phil article actually haha. 


    It’s 6.50am over here so my brain isn’t in proper thinking mode at the moment but just for an example


    Instead of writing “Fantastic sales record” you would write something like “Establishing frequent high turnover, securing firm rapport with reputed international clients” and/or “Increased sales figures by 10% due to *your skills here*’

    Post # 12
    4757 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    It took me 3 months to find a PhD-level job, and it took my husband about 7 weeks to find a bachelor’s-level IT job (that pays almost what my job pays). We were both recently unemployed because we relocated, though I was doing part-time freelance work. The job I just got was through a recruiter, so he basically called me and asked it I was interested, I said yes, had a phone interview the following week and interview the week after and heard that I got the job the same day. Some other jobs I’ve applied for took longer to respond, but no more than 2 weeks unless they were rejections. 

    Post # 13
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I’ve had trouble finding jobs from afar the last two times we’ve moved. Both times we’ve moved for my husband’s job so anything I found wouldn’t have had to move us. When we moved to Texas I started working about 2 months (a few weeks shy) after moving. We moved to North Carolina this past June (didn’t really start looking until late July/August) and I’m starting a job in a week. I had other interviews for 3 other positions that didn’t turn out to be a great fit and/or I lost out to the other candidate.

    For the job I’m about to start, I submitted the application the first week of January, heard back from them about 3 weeks later and will be starting next Thursday.

    Like another previous poster, I was very picky with what I applied for, my background and interest is kind of “niche,” so if I’d opened up my search a bit more I think I might have found something more quickly.

    Good luck! It can be really frustrating, but talking to other people who are going through the same thing is really helpful!


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