How much (or how little) do you know about job hunting? Answer the following 6 questions. If you get 2 or more wrong, you probably don’t know as much as you should.
1. You answer a want ad. How many other people respond to that ad?
Often, as many as 500. Sometimes less. Usually no fewer than 200. The truth is, only 10% of job hunters actually find their next job through the classifieds.
2. You send out 50 resumes. How many job interviews can you expect?
None. On average you’d have to mail out 170 resumes to generate one interview. Furthermore, companies interview about 10 people for every position. That makes one job offer for every 1700 resumes.
By the way, today, many big companies use computer scanners to “read” resumes. Your resume is more likely to be screened out than screened in.
3. You lose your job. How long will it take to find the next one?
In today’s job market, it takes about 7 or 8 months. (Jan 2003)
4. Can employment agencies or executive recruiters speed up the process?
Rarely. Less than 10% of all professional, managerial and executive opportunities are listed with employment agencies.
Executive recruiters don’t work for candidates. They work for companies. Only expect a call if your qualifications match their specific search assignment.
5. What are your chances of getting fired?
According to Business Week, 1 in 3. And the odds increase as you move up the corporate ladder. In the past decade, more than 500,000 middle managers and senior executives got the ax.
|Job Search Tips|
Here are some job search tips that we’ve found helpful. In our experience, everyone eventually finds a job. It just takes time and effort. In retrospect many have told us that it was a good time for them to think through their ministry aspect and in preparing a support team back home. So be encouraged and use this time well.
Motivation during your job search
Treat your job search as a full-time job.
Although you do not have to search from 9-5 every day, you will only get out of it what you put in. Have a plan. Research companies, go on informational interviews, network, analyze your skills.
A job search can be stressful. Don’t let it affect your physical health. Eat well, exercise and practice relaxation and stress management techniques. Put energy into your spiritual life!.
Create a “to-do” list for the week.
Carolyn Couch, of the Career Services Department of Wake Forest University, “This list could include the networking calls you will make that week, the web sites you will review, the time you will spend at the public library doing research… Once you have completed the items on your list you can relax and be less likely to worry about what you should be doing, knowing that you are working toward your goal on a regular basis.”
Form a support network.
Rely on your friends and family to encourage you and provide you with networking contacts. “As long as you fulfill your responsibilities for your career change and don’t expect others to do things for you that you should be doing for yourself, there’s nothing wrong with seeking support and feedback from others along the way,” says Dr. David Helfand, career counselor and author of Career Change : Everything You Need to Know to Meet New Challenges and Take Control of Your Career (VGM Career Horizons, 1995).
Give Yourself a Pep Talk
It’s inevitable that at some point in this process, you will feel run down and need a good pep talk.
There are always jobs. If your job search method isn’t finding them, change it. Remember that rejection does not make you an unworthy worker or a bad person. It just didn’t work out for that particular job.
Finally, remember not to give up! There is a good job out there for you–in fact, there are many. Keep your head up, and you’ll find them!
Hundreds of tentmakers are out there
working at their jobs who were once in your position!