Search By Numbers
It’s a numbers game. Job candidates take it to heart as they think the more resumes they get out, the better their employment chances increase. However, candidates must evaluate what activities deliver the best return on their time, effort and expense.
PeopleHirePeople® asks: Does your search follow what numbers indicate?
5% or less of job candidates obtain employment through Internet job boards. The number one activity of candidates is sending out hundreds of resumes to posted Internet jobs.
15% or less of job candidates find employment opportunities through recruiters.
70% or more of jobs are created by small businesses. Most do not advertise jobs and many are private. Small private businesses are harder to find as most are not listed in published databases. According to Money Magazine small businesses add employees before larger companies during a recovery (April 2010, page18).
70% to 85% of candidates obtain employment through networking. All career professionals agree on this activity. When asked how they obtain their best jobs, most professionals’ answers are personal referrals through networking.
85% of jobs are never advertised. Posted Internet and advertised jobs are mainly with large corporations that have big advertising hr budgets.
90% of hiring managers find their employees through some form of their own contacts. Hiring managers are more inclined to hire through referrals from employees, colleagues, professional associates or recruiters than from a stack of resumes delivered by human resources
At a time when good solid contacts are needed to gain employment, job candidates need to rethink their activities to get the best return on their investment of time, effort and expense. Numbers speak volumes and demonstrate best activities for job candidates.
Here is what the numbers indicate.
#1 Spend the least amount of time on job boards & online applications.
#2 Focus more on small businesses not advertising opportunities.
#3 Create quality contacts not quantity & don’t wait to be found.
The old expression, “numbers count” can be applied to job search. PeopleHirePeople® recommends create positive results with numbers that count.