Desperate Job Search

Saturday, August 29th, 2009 - Blog


Desperate Job Search = Rejection!

Pray.

As a recruiter, every job applicant or candidate who applies for a job we advertise is always the only choice as far as they are concerned for the position, being eminently qualified and having more than the required level of experience. Some add that they are 100% confident that it is worth our time meeting them

As a Professional CV writer, I know that not to be true. Actually, I knew that before as a recruiter, but before I just smelt and had hints at the reasons, I had no hard facts to support my summation. Now I have.

The answer to the either over confident or under confident job seeker is found in the word desperation. Desperate job seekers, those who fall into the Any Job Will Do situation, will get more rejections. – it is that simple. Why is that?

Job Search Timetable

The job search timetable is I can now prove, something like this:

  • Week1 through 4: Lots of energy, lots of learning, not a lot of job application. Spirits high
  • Week5 through 8: Lots of energy, much more learning, lots of job application, lots of rejection. Spirits still high
  • Week9 through 12: Less energy, much more learning, lots of job application, even more rejection. Spirits weakening
  • Week13 through 16: Less energy, still much more learning, lots of job application in new areas after considering career change, even more rejection. Spirits weakening fast, set in of Any Job Will Do syndrome
  • Week17 + – heading towards 1000 job applications, and an equal number of actual or assumed job rejections. Spirits low!

Simply I have found by stepping onto the job applicant side of the employment equation, that if you don’t get a job within 12weeks, your spirits drop very quickly.

The reason for this is actually being – or at least feeling being – rejected. This is compounded by the fact that 12weeks previously, you were in a warm office with friendly colleagues; and now you are sat at home inside your front door with just a computer, a telephone, a jobs boards and the occasional rustling from your child’s hamster for company.

As a result, to try anything and get “inventive” as the experts suggest, you widen your job search criteria to things that are either: from your past; or from your dreams and wishes of a career change. Now switching back to my knowledge as a recruiter, I know that HR professionals consider skills deployed in the last 3years are deployable, and in the last 5years re-trainable. Before that it is all employment history. So applying for jobs outside the task/sector which you most recently undertook, without fully assessing your transferable skills, results in: a higher rate of job application to rejection ratio.

What ever the communication issues were in your old CV, they are multiplied in widening your job search. So hence, your job application to interview ration will never improve upwards, it is always bound to be downwards. Which results in another downward shift in mentality, a widening indesperation of the jobs you will consider and hence apply for, and more rejection. It is a vicious circle.

Never show desperation in a Job Search

Even if you are desperate to get a job, never show desperation in a job search. Take a tip from the best ladies deportment schools, and make it be known that you could be available to the right organisation under the right circumstances. Never put the words desperate or those that read the same to a recruiter or employer like “To Whom it may concern” or similar.

Tips to avoid Job Search Desperation

  • Get focused – successful job seekers move quickly
  • Know what your skills marketable skills are – ask a recruiter or an HR professional to review your CV, and find out what you marketable skills are. You could also use our free CV review service, and also find out whether it has good structure and communicates
  • Know what you want – have a goal
  • Market yourself – as a solution to an employers problem, not a Martini Job Seeker
  • Measure your job search statistics – if you are getting less that 1 interview per 5 job applications, something is very wrong
  • Always ask for feedback – win lose or draw, always askl for feedback: it quickens your learning and helps you get a job quicker

Good Luck!

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