Conducting a job search is never easy, even in the best of job markets. Given the sluggish economy of the last 5-7 years, a job search is tougher and taking a much longer time. In good job markets, it would not be unusual to be able to find a new position in 30-60 days. In today’s economy, depending on the level of the position, could take anywhere from 60 days to 6 months or more.

There are a number of reasons for this:

1. Lack of suitable openings because most companies are not growing and headcount is not increasing
2. Companies are being extremely cautious with their selection process; thus taking much longer and adding additional steps to the process
3. Jobs have been eliminated and potentially replaced with technology or outsourcing

Until the overall economy improves, candidates can expect the process to continue at a slow pace.  Knowing all this in advance is   half the battle.

For those looking to switch or find a new job, networking is still the best way to land a new job.  Utilize a tool like LinkedIn to connect with friends, former college mates, and current and former work associates.  Your network remains your most power tool in helping to you find your next job.