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Job Search - Why is it taking so long to find a job

One recently heard and read some interesting articles on the length of time it takes for various members of the Australian workforce to attain a new position.  The broadcasts and articles stated that for older workers, 45 years and over, it took on average 72 weeks to find a new job whereas a young person (generally under 25 years of age) will take up to 21 weeks and that 76% of new Bachelor Degree graduates will take up to 4 months to find a job upon completion of their qualifications; as outlined on Today Tonight, SMH and Graduate Careers Australia respectively.

So why does it take so long for individuals of any age to find a job?  Whilst there is no straightforward answer, there are multiple components to this question; from ones, career counselling and consulting, perspective, three (3) key features include: –

a) Current and Projected Labour Markets

b) Realistic vs. Unrealistic expectations of the applicant

c) The applicant’s ability to develop and implement an effective job search action plan

If you are contemplating changing jobs, have been made redundant or are currently trying to find that ideal job, don’t make this transition period any more challenging than it needs to be. Contact Blu Ripples on 1300 300 557 today, and let’s work together to achieve your career ambitions. 

One final notation: remember to be realistic and to believe in yourself, for if you do not believe in yourself, who will?

Katherine Foster - Blu Ripples Founder; Professional Member CDAA, Member of ACA

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (2012 Version)

Katherine is the Founder of Blu Ripples, a Counselling practice in Port Stephens, NSW.

Initially commencing in 2003 as HR Aspects (Career Consulting Practice), Katherine rebranded her business to Blu Ripples in 2009 to incorporate Personal, Career and Workplace Counselling Services into her practice.

Katherine is a nationally registered Counsellor and Career Development Specialist and a current Member of the Australian Counselling Association and Career Development Association of Australia.

Before commencing her private practice in 2003, Katherine predominantly worked in Human Resources and Administration.

© 2012 - Katherine Foster T/as Blu Ripples 
Updated 18 Oct 2023, Originally Posted 24 Apr 2012
Katherine's Photograph: 2023

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