It takes an average of 82 days in Australia to find a new job

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  • A survey by global jobs site Indeed finds Australians take an average of 82 days to find a new job.
  • Half admit to not being well prepared for a job interview.
  • Gen Y job hunters get a new role faster than other generations.

Australians wait an average of 82 days between starting a job search and securing a new position, according to analysis by global jobs site Indeed.

Indeed’s report — Job Hunter: The Complete Guide 2018 — shows 90% of job seekers admit to not being aware of all job opportunities when searching for a job.

And 3.7 million Australian job hunters don’t know what job they are searching for when they start looking.

Despite 46% of job hunters agreeing that a job interview is their final opportunity to make a good impression, more than half admit to not being well prepared for that face-to-face meeting.

The report finds that Gen Y job hunters are the most successful in terms of finding their next job quickly with 38% finding their next job within one month.

This compares to 30% for Gen X and 25% of Boomers.


Overall, successful Gen Y job hunters take an average of 67 days to secure their next job, compared to 98 days for Gen X and 100 days for Boomers.

Boomers take the longest to find a job, perhaps the result of having the patience to wait for exactly right opportunity.

Ruby Lee, Indeed’s Job Whisperer, says the mental preparation, to writing a resume, interviewing and then wondering if it really is the right role, can be very frustrating.

“Coming from a recruitment background, I was often at the coal face of job hunter fears around accepting an offer, only for them to find out about another job that hands down suited them better,” she says.

“This report finds that a third of Aussie job hunters believe they missed a job opportunity because they didn’t hear about it in time and that more than a third of us didn’t know what we were actually looking for at all.”

Lonergan Research surveyed, on behalf of Indeed, 1371 Australians between July 17 and 23.