Slow time-to-hire, which any job seeker could tell you

Slow time-to-hire, which any job seeker could tell you

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Remember when The Great Resignation actually was churnin’ and burnin’ and there were companies hiring on the spot? Not anymore!

It takes an average of 62.9 days from the time that a consulting job is posted on LinkedIn to the moment when the hirer reports it as filled. Finance has the second-longest time to hire among 10 major job functions (61.7). Both fields are known for their meticulous hiring practices. In fact, leading consulting firms are famous for sending candidates through multiple interview stages, starting with efforts to see who’s a good cultural fit.

If you’re looking for a potentially fast-track position — and possess basic skills like how to manage Facebook ad campaigns and use Google analytics — marketing turns out to have the fastest hiring pathway (48.6 days).

Human resources (50.0 days) and legal (53.3 days) are two other fields with relatively short hiring pathways, according to LinkedIn data.


I’m sorry but a month-and-a-half is not a quick turnaround time, IMO. It’s difficult to wait that long if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck and it doesn’t exactly send the candidate a message that your company is efficient.

As one responder wrote:

Agreed. I’ve warned you before about jobs posted for optics only and I scooped that info way before you heard it on MSM sources. Something doesn’t add up here. Waiting 6 to 8 weeks for a company to make a decision is too damn long but I agree with the responder: what about the people posting who say they’ve been without work for more than 6 months? Something fishy is going on.

Not to get too meta here, but a responder to the responder also nails it:

Well said. The so-called “soft landing” may not feel so soft if you’re getting steamrolled in the midst of it. I’m an advocate for emergency preparedness. Not the doomsday stuff – not zombies eating your brains or all of society collapsing on the same day – but simply being prepared for anything from a tornado to a hurricane to a power outage to a job loss. Do you have a job loss survival plan roughed out? If not, what are you waiting for?


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