Result: employed in one job application!

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 - Blog, Employed in one job application, Job Advertisement, Job Application, tutorial


Result: Employed in one job application

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I often get asked by job seekers, is it possible to get employed in just one job application? Of course the answer is yes, but it is difficult to consistently make that positive and hence employed result predictable.

However, it is possible to become employed in far fewer job applications than 50 over six months, the current statistics for the average job seeker at present

Employed in one job application

We were recently approached by a potential client who wanted us to write her a Cover Letter, a service which we no longer provide as a stand-alone service. After talking to her, the office staff asked if I could directly talk to her, where by as a long term job seeker she needed some deep help.

This lady was, like many long term job seekers, looking at a poor set of statistics and long term unemployment over 90days, when the average job seekers success ratio has fallen by two thirds. She had seen a job that she really wanted, and having written her CV, all she needed was the perfect Cover Letter.

Get the inside track

I talked the job through with her, and as she had the supporting evidence of both the job advert and the job description, I could have fully analysed the job with just this information. But after a bit of searching – OK, 5minutes in total using some very easily learnt boolean search techniques around Google, Linkedin and the employers website – I managed to find a biography profile for the hiring manager.

Using all three of these pieces of information, I created a SQE priority sheet (Skills, Qualifications, Experiences). Some of these were hard factors associated with the job description, while some were soft factors associated with the profile of the hiring manager. I then compiled the SQE priority sheet, and checked it using a simple technique to assure myself that the match was as perfect as it could be. I have used this later technique in some job markets where there are very few jobs or employers, and it works superbly in getting people employed.

From the checked SQE sheet, I then compiled the required Cover Letter, and checked the output using the check technique on both the Cover Letter and her draft CV. Both were then adjusted again.

Stand out from the crowd

I then got the job applicant to check the SQE priority list using a very simple technique which both follows the defined employers application process, as well as breaks it. This is in no way a risky technique, but it drives through the candidates advantage and confirms the priority sheet.

Advantage job applicant

Interestingly at this point, something happened which I didn’t expect and yet was not surprised by: the employer offered our customer an Informational Interview!

At this point after such a long period of unemployment I had to temper her enthusiasm: honest, its just an informational interview outside of the formal HR employment process, which you will still later have to go through. You can get as much information about the job at this stage, but also need to treat it as a formal interview.

One job application = employment

I knew the Informational Interview had gone well, as she called me an two hours after the designated time slot that she had been allocated. The first piece of news was that the formal Interview process was to be held two days later, and the second piece of news was that they had asked to undertake a formal background check, and should she agree? I asked her to think for five minutes about key issues that she wanted address, and were there any open questions left on the Informational Interview table? We hence compiled a follow-up thank you letter, accepting the interview date and confirming the ability to start background checks. Seven days later she started her new job!

Yes, you can you be employed in just one job application!

I don’t, as I said at the start of this piece, believe that there are a fixed set of outcomes which can be wholly controlled to get employed in one specific job. The job interview comes down to chemistry, which means that the best outcome is at best 65% success. But I do believe that job application technique, when best learnt and applied against the most successful techniques, it is possible to get employed in quickly and in a timely manner.

Simply put, if you can find 50suitable jobs for which you are skilled and qualified for (it can easily be done with less than 20), then there is no reason why you should be unemployed. It really is that simple if you know the right job application technique, which I will outline later this week on the blog.

Good Luck!

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8 Responses to “Result: employed in one job application!”

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