Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Survey: How long does a job hunt take?

I had dinner with the person who got me my internship, and she told me that spending "only a year" job hunting after earning my PhD isn't something to be frustrated about.  She said she spent the last year of her post-doc scrambling to get something together and STILL had no where to go for months.  I've heard several variations of this story, but how common is it?  

Two questions, and then you can see the answers.  Please share this around so we can get a bigger response.

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The survey will give us a little perspective, but feel free to add additional details into the comments (what field, when was your job hunt, which job finally felt like "the first job," or what finally worked).  Thanks for your participation and encouragement!

UPDATE: For those who would like to see the results without taking the quiz, you can find them here.


  1. I interviewed for a post-doc position during the last year of my PhD, found a job (in neuroscience) and started right after finishing my PhD.

  2. I counted the "two body problem" as a "lifestyle" aspect. I think it really complicated the process. I got into a rut where I didn't want to put much effort into looking at a particular location until I had a sense of whether my wife would be able to find a position in the region... and then she had the same inhibition.

  3. Thanks for your comments, both of you. I know the survey over-simplifies a very complex issue, but it is comforting for me to know I am not the only person who has spent a lot of time trying to find a good fit.