…for Finding that Perfect Job
A few years ago, I met a Career Coach at a business meeting and learned some information that should be very helpful to you in your job search.
- 70% of job seekers find their jobs through personal networking.
- 5% of job seekers find their jobs through the internet, newspapers, and other published sources.
- There are between 2000 and 5000 responses to the average internet job posting.
- 80% of all executive recruiters (headhunters) have gone out of business in this economic downturn.
- 99% of unsolicited resumes go straight into the trash can.
- 30% of job seekers land jobs that did not exist before they visited the employer.
- Persons reviewing incoming resumes spend an average of 15 seconds on it before deciding what to do with it.
- The average length of a job search at the $100k+ level is just over 8 months.
Some of the above is pretty grim news, but you should consider all of it when planning your job search. When I got back to the office, I visited the career coach’s web site and found this handy little quiz that I think you should take right now. Answer True or False for each of the ten statements:
|1. I am getting at least 3 desired job interviews per month.|
|2. I am having lunch or coffee with at least 20 employed people each month in order to expand my networking.|
|3. I am confident in interviews and am asked back for second interviews at least one-third of the time.|
|4. I am spending less than 10% of my job search time on the internet.|
|5. I am devoting >50% of my job search time to networking with employed people.|
|6. I am following up with thank you notes, letters, and emails after the majority of my meetings/lunches/coffees.|
|7. I am confident that my resume presents me very positively and it clearly identifies my career objective(s).|
|8. I am mailing targeted letters to hiring authorities, following up effectively, and getting meetings.|
|9. I have a detailed, written marketing plan that defines my target market, my unique value, and my desired goals.|
|10. I have an overall strategy, I am proactively working my plan, and I know what I need to accomplish each week.|
|Score 1 point for every “TRUE” answer.|
|1-4, a long search of 9-15 months is likely. 5-6, an average search of 7-9 months is likely. 7-8, doing well and likely to land in 3-6 months. 9-10, doing great and likely to land in 1-3 months|
If you already know how to score 9 or 10 on the above quiz, then you might not need someone to help you find a job. But if you do need some help, you might want to give Richard Kirby a call. You can find him at Executive-Impact in Atlanta. He is in the business of helping you shorten the amount of time it will take for you to get a job. He charges a fixed retainer, half up front and half when you land a job. If you are thinking of going into business for yourself, you might want to take a look at our Entrpreneur Page. The remainder of this page is some of my own personal advice for jump-starting your job search.
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