It is a rare person who sends out one application and gets the job. Most of us spend weeks or months combing the Job Bank, Indeed and other websites for something that appeals to us. Like it or not, job search is a numbers game. Simply put, the more often you apply, the more likely you will get a call. It is not an exact science because there are so many variables, just as there are in any other kind of sales (yes, you are selling something – you!). Assuming you fit the position and did your research, on average you can expect 3 interview calls for every 10 applications sent. Like most mathematical concepts though, there is more than one method for a successful solution and some methods are more effective than others.
Sometimes we think we know what we want, and we narrow our job search to the exclusion of all other possibilities – possibilities that could be close to perfect. That would be picky mode. Then there are the times we just send out application after application regardless of whether we fit or even want the job. That is desperation or lazy mode. Both situations result in fewer opportunities to sit in front of an employer in person (or on video) and show them just how awesome we really are.
Using the internet to your best advantage is one way to up your game. While in today’s world online job search is an essential tool, it is passive. In 2017, having an online presence is crucial for landing the kind of job you want. Whether it is a Facebook Page, YouTube video, LinkedIn profile or posting your resume on a job search engine, be visible! Show who you are, what you can do and how you can be the solution. The more creative and professional your marketing (yes, marketing!) is, the more likely the phone will ring. Have you noticed that the same job appears in more than one place when you are looking online? That’s because employers are playing the numbers game too. Ante up and go virtual. Your number is being called!
For more ideas on upping your game, check out the Hidden Job Market.
Sandie convinced her mother at the age of two that a set of books would make her much happier than a tricycle. Then came diaries, school projects and heartfelt poetry - a writer was born. Reading and writing have been constant and faithful lovers ever since. This blog is an attempt to release some of the fleeting thoughts and crazy ideas in a place that may become another form of diary, but this time, one that talks back! Would love to hear from anyone who is inspired to rebut, dig further, validate or in any way comment on what has been written.