While job hunting is no easy task, knowing these four facts will help you determine how to best leverage your job seeking methods and up your chances of landing that dream job.
51% of job seekers using one method quit by month #2
According to jobhuntersbible.com, 51% of those who use only one method of job-hunting gave up on their job hunt by the second month.
On the other hand, from the job seekers who are using at least two or more methods, only 31% abandon their search by the second month.
Researchers discovered that job search success rises with each additional method that you use, but only up to four methods. If you start using five or more job search methods, it will start to hurt your chances of landing a job.
TIP: Make sure you are using at least two methods. To maximize your chances of successfully getting a job, devote your time to four proven job search outlets such as networking, LinkedIn, your school’s job board and social media.
Most jobs aren’t filled by recruiters picking your resume online
Very few jobs are actually filled from employers or recruiters by selecting job seekers who posted their resume on a job board or resume database. These databases scan hundreds of resumes for key words, and it next to impossible to make your resume stand out in this way.
TIP: Instead of posting your resume on several job boards, a much more effective way of job searching is to email your resume to an actual recruiter who will read it with the human eye.
The best time to send an email is on a Sunday
If you are going to be emailing your resume or reaching out to a recruiter, the best time to email them is on a Sunday or early in the morning.
As not too many messages come in on Sunday, yours will have a higher chance of getting read.
According to Alex Moore, CEO of Baydin (an email management service), emails sent between 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. are about three times more likely to be opened than emails sent at 4 p.m. Most employers check their emails in the morning, so make sure yours is right at the top of the pile.
80% of all positions are filled without employer advertising
This is a really important reality and emphasizes how important it is to network, network, and network!
Employers don’t advertise many jobs because it saves time, energy, and money during the whole hiring process. There’s little need to advertise a job when an employer can simply hire people that they know, or get reliable references, or job seekers who actually reach out to them directly.
TIP: Make sure you are always making valuable connections and keeping in touch, whether it’s with your professors, past employers, or recruiters working at your companies of interest. Try following up with and contacting recruiters by introducing yourself, outlining your career aspirations and asking for an informational interview.
Reach out to your school’s alumni network and start a friendly chat with a fellow grad in your field of interest to learn more about how they transitioned into the workplace. After all, they were once in the same position as you and will be able to give you sound advice.