Unemployment or Measurement?

Friday, April 17th, 2009 - Article, candidate, career change, career coaching, career transition, Job Application, job search, job seeking, jobs board, Professional CV, professionalism, recruiters, recruitment, unemployment

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As a job seeker, do you measure the progress of your Job Search?

Measured over a fifty year period in many different economies and countries, the average job applicant will apply for between eight and ten jobs using their own self created CV/resume, in return for one physical interview. In this present down turn economy, I have seen job seekers with ratios as low as 1 interview in 1000 job applications. But by playing the odd’s of what the reader of their job application will do on receiving it, and measuring their progress, should enable every job seeker to increase this ratio simply, quickly, and easily – and to great effect by getting employed.

I have seen as both a Recruiter and Professional CV Writer, fellow professionals try to justify the current situation in many forums, telling job seekers that 1 interview in 20 applications is great. In my experience, those of my clients, and backed by present national and international employment statistics: it is not. Effectively, for every job out there at present, there are between 2 and 3 job seekers – in the UK it is 1 to 1.5 presently. So just playing the statistics, the average application to interview ratio should be around 1 in 3.

When ever anyone asks “what is the ratio of applications to interviews I should receive,” I have two answers:

  1. Using a professional CV/resume writer or Job Coach – two out of three, if the service combines more than CV Writing and coaches you
  2. Doing it Yourself, or DIY – if you are doing worse than 1 in 10, there is something very wrong!

If you are measuring your job search, then a ratio of less than 1 in 10 is telling you that either:

  • You are in the wrong industry
  • The wrong geography
  • Have something wrong in your CV/resume
  • Applying for the wrong jobs

The former two issues are an indication that presently, strategically you are in the wrong industry, or the wrong geography: but either is an indication that you are trying to swim against the current tide. This is a common basic job search mistake of many new job seekers at present, most of whom have often been employed with the same employer for a period of over 10 years. To find out if your job search is strategically difficult, use one of the large job boards to provide an excellent litmus test. If you don’t find the jobs you seek there, then you may have to reconsider either the type of work or the geography which is defining your current job search.

The later two problems are tactical job search issues, and are best addressed by seeking the advice of a professional – using our own Free CV Review service for instance – and gaining feedback from every job you apply for. Make sure you are applying for the right jobs by using a highlighter pen to find the key skills the job seeks in your own CV/resume: can’t find those skills, then simply don’t apply! If you are rejected at either CV/resume sifting stage or interview stage, then always seek feedback: why were you rejected; what did the others candidates have; how could you improve your application next time? Thank them for their time – plus you will often find that candidates who ask for feedback are those employers call first when suitable jobs appear

By using measurement and feedback to monitor your job search, you will make more and quicker progress towards employment. Once you are aware of the situation from information around you, taking and applying feedback in improving your job applications – and most importantly knowing you have the support and love of your friends and family; you will never feel down in a job search ever again.

If you think I or any of the team could help you, please – just ask.

Good Luck!

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2 Responses to “Unemployment or Measurement?”

  1. healthcare jobs Says:

    Incredible good points, wish all would listen

  2. Melany Says:

    Interesting article, Will definitely come back soon :)

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