Have you been searching for months for a job after being laid off and have not received ANY phone calls for interviews? This can be such a discouraging and frustrating time. Putting yourself out there and getting no response can play with your emotions and begin to take a toll on your mental effort to remain positive. I want to offer you a breakdown of ineffective to most effective strategies for job seekers.
First, you need to commit to spending 30-40 hours a week on your job search. Yes, this is a big commitment but people with full time jobs and small children are able to carve this time out for a short season. These concepts are laid out in the book 48 Days to the Work You Love
Most people don’t spend more than 5 hours a week in their job search. You need to be aggressive and strategic in this process.
Here are some ineffective strategies:
- Answering newspaper ads, craigslist, Monster, etc. leads to real positions for about 8 out of 100 job seekers.
- Private employment agencies and headhunter pursuits lead to jobs for 4 to 22 out of every 100 job seekers.
- Answering ads in trade journals leads to jobs for 7 out of 100.
Now for more effective job search strategies:
- Applying directly to an employer without doing any homework leads to a job 47 out of 100. This is the most effective method for lower-level positions such as retail and restaurants.
- Asking friends for job leads gets a job for 34 out of 100 who try it.
- Asking relatives for job leads: 27/100 who use it.
The most effective job search strategy that leads to real positions for 86 out of every 100 job seekers who use this method is this:
- Identify 30 to 40 target companies- Do NOT wait until a position is advertised.
- Send a letter of introduction to each company. Make sure you are sending an amount that you can effectively follow up with.
- Send your cover letter and resume 1 week after your introduction letter.
- Call to follow up. DO NOT EMAIL! Do not be afraid to be persistent. Call 4 to 5 days after sending your resume. Do not leave messages or voicemail other than to leave name recognition. Don’t say anything about them calling you back- don’t expect it.
This is a selling process and you have just created three opportunities for your name to be top of mind to the hiring manager. If you get a voicemail, call the receptionist back and ask when you expect them to return to the office.
It is important to remember that a job search is a marketing and selling process. If you do not believe in yourself than your prospective employer will not want to hire you. You need to have each company hear of your name at least three times.
The interview process is where you can really deliver and convince them that you are the best candidate for the job. More on that to come :).
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