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Does it really take 10 weeks to get a job in England?

March 4, 2007

Having just been made redundant, I’m obviously looking for work. I’m fortunate in that I have been on both sides of the fence, having recruited a fair few people in my time.

It’s the amount of time to get a bum on a seat that is staggering. If a vacancy has a closing date of the end of the month and I applied at the the start of the month, then it seems unlikely I will get a response before the cut off date. In fact I won’t. Hopefully the company is sifting through and short listing CVs as they come in.

Then there is the interview process. They will probably only manage to interview four people a day at most, if an aptitude / proficiency test is included. So that’s another week

Then there’ll be a second interview which will add another week to the total, so far we’re at six weeks.

After that there will be another four weeks waiting while the present incumbent works their notice period. A staggering ten weeks in total. By which time I will have started using my redundancy payment.

It seems that I will have to go down the route of freelance for a while to tide me over

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