5 most effective ways to search for a job

Job hunters-vs-Employers

Job hunters-vs-Employers

Funny enough the method by which most Job Hunters and Employers find each other (i.e, how employers find qualifies candidates and how voracious job-hunters find great job offers) are just about opposite.

Well every graduate (or so) want to go hunting, but how? I collected a couple of responds (i.e. how most people go about finding jobs) and categorized them below into two categories the Least Effective Methods and the Most Effective Methods.

How do you intend to pursue these job opportunities? What is your job hunting strategy? Let me tell you what is working (for most people). Let us start with what has the least chances of working:

The 5 most ineffective job search strategies are these

  • Internet-posting your C.V/Resume on the Internet, and expect potential employer to visit the site and make a choice, depending on the match between your skills and their requirements. It has 4-10% success rate
  • Mailing CVs to employers at random (CV blasting). 7% success rate.
  • Answering ads in professional/trade journals.7% success rate.
  • Responding to Newspaper ads. 5-24% success rate. The higher the salary/position, the lower the success rate
  • Using employment agencies, 5-28% success rate. Again, the higher the salary/position, the lower the success rate

Now, the best 5 ways to search for a job

  • Ask for job leads from family, friends, and people you know, etc. – “Do you know of any job at the place where you work, or elsewhere?” 33% success rate
  • Knocking on the door of any employer, factory, office, etc. whether they are known to have vacancy or not. 47% success rate
  • Identifying subject/field of interest, identifying employers on that field and calling on them to ask if you they are hiring for the position you desire and that you know you can do well. 69% success rate.
  • Doing the above in a group with other job hunters. 76% success rate
  • Doing a life-changing job search (identifying your skills, proffered places, interest and acceptable working environment and going after the job you desire) 86% success rate.

You got me there!  There is still a better method – combining the strategies! Best of Luck.

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