Here at the Jewish Community Services Career Center, we recently searched the internet for the most fun facts and survey results out there about job searching.


  • 41 percent of job seekers search for jobs while in bed, 30 percent while at work, and 18 percent from a restroom.
  • Average time spent by recruiters looking at a resume: 5 to 7 seconds.
  • According to a recent survey, hiring managers report that the quality they value least in a candidate is intelligence, the most is reliability.
  • 76 percent of resumes are discarded for having an unprofessional email address.
  • Average length of an interview? Forty minutes. Average time it takes for a hiring manager to know if they will hire that candidate? Ninety seconds.
  • Millennials make up 45 percent of the workforce now, making them the highest represented generation.
  • 79 percent of job candidates are likely to use social media in their job search.
  • 75 percent of employers expect a thank-you note following an interview.
  • Typical length of a job search: 16.9 weeks
  • Biggest trend in finding candidates for professional positions? Reaching out to employed people who might be “passive job-seekers” — happy where they are, but if an opportunity came their way that seemed interesting, they might pursue it.

Sherri Sacks is a career coach for the JCS Career Center. The JCS Career Center offers comprehensive employment services to help job seekers of all abilities and skill levels find and maintain employment or change their career. Services include career coaching, career assessments, resumes, interview preparation, and connections to employers who are hiring. For more information, call 410-466-9200 or visit