Why So Many Job Searches Generate So Few Results

It is often said that job searching is a job itself.  According to an article by Sara Murray in the Wall Street Journal in 2011, “The amount of time the unemployed spent hunting for jobs rose sharply last year. Those out of work tended to search for about 20 weeks before quitting in 2010, compared to 8.5 weeks in 2007.”  So what is the reason why so many job searches generate so few results?

Michael Farr, author of The Quick Résumé & Cover Letter Book, says that the average job seeker spends fewer than 15 hours a week looking for work compared to the 25 hours he recommends.

We hope you find the information in this article helpful if you are looking for a job.


Why So Many Job Searches Generate So Few Results

By Rebecca Metschke

Feeling stymied by your search? Thinking your results are less robust than you’d like them to be? Maybe it’s time to do a return on investment analysis to find out how you can increase or accelerate your gains…just like any business would. You want to find a job as quickly as possible in a very competitive market. There are only so many hours in a day. It’s imperative that you use that time to its maximum potential.

If you want to succeed, you need to search smart.

Just because you’re investing a lot of time looking for work doesn’t mean you’re automatically going to be successful. It’s what you’re doing – and how you’re doing it – that matters. Especially when it’s a tight buyer’s market, you can’t afford to squander your resources. Inefficiency and ineffectiveness won’t generate much in the way of invitations to interview.

Take a look at your search pragmatically. What’s your strategy? What tactics are you employing? Is this the most effective method?

Here’s a real life example of an ineffective search: an unemployed woman I know is constantly complaining about her frustration with the quantity and quality of postings she’s seeing online. Unemployed for about two months now, that’s her singular lament. She has essentially thrown up her hands. She’s irritated (a bad attitude is not your best friend when you’re looking for work) and hasn’t come close to even a single interview.

What’s the problem? Her single job search strategy is to comb through listings online. That’s it. Is she investing a lot of time looking for work? Yes. She spends hours every day on the computer. Is she seeing any results? No. And unless she starts to employ different tactics, she probably never will. She needs to do an ROI analysis on her job search. If you’re stuck, maybe you need to do the same thing.

Rebecca Metschke helps professionals improve their marketability. The author of The Interview Edge http://www.TheInterviewEdge.com a comprehensive career guide to career management, she also writes a daily blog posting strategies, tips and advice for those whose careers are in transition.

This article highlights some very important points and illustrates why it is important to know how to conduct a successful job search.  You could save  a lot of time and effort if you build a network of contacts, create a  great CV/resume that sells you which you can send with a  speculative cover letter.  This method is probably one of the best approaches that will bring great results.

Further recommended reading on this topic is 7 secrets for a smarter job search  by Kathryn Ullrich.

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