ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A JOB?
We are living in very challenging times, where unemployment is heading towards 1980’s levels. The job market has therefore never been more competitive.
They do say that knowledge is power and job statistics are so important. I therefore hope some of the information we’ve put together is useful.
THERE IS HOPE
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying before, that searching for a new job is a job in itself and if you treat the whole experience in that spirit you’ll land your next job sooner rather than later.
You need to be disciplined and have a definite plan of the best way to proceed, just like you would if you were employed.
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible” – Francis of Assisi
Job statistics are so important because they help to identify important trends and point you in the right direction.
19% of Employers Have Turned Down a Candidate After Checking Their Social Media
According to YouGov, almost 1 in 5 employers have turned people down because of what they’ve found on their social media profiles.
This tends to be more likely with bigger employers, 28% down to 11% for smaller businesses.
This surely has to be a wake up call to anyone looking for their next job because many employers are now routinely checking social media.
Using aggressive or offensive, language, references to drug use and drunken night out images don’t go down well.
I worked in one particular organisation and saw first hand that the management team routinely checked the social media profile of all candidates. Questions would then be asked based on what was discovered but if you’ve been highlighting positive aspects like your charity or volunteer work, you’ve got nothing to fear.
Up to 85% of Open Positions Are Filled By Networking
The respected organisation “Business Insider” have kindly provided some of the information in this section.
A survey carried out by LinkedIn and the Adler Group found that most successful job seekers confirmed that networking was the most successful aspect of finding a job.
You may have heard of the term ‘hidden job market’
Getting a referral for a potential job is incredibly powerful because in effect someone already contributing to the success of the company is recommending you.
The mere mention of the word networking often scares people but it doesn’t have to be like that. It’s about connecting with people and building your networks with friends, family, mentors and via social media.
75% of CV’s Are Rejected
Unfortunately the computer says no quite often when it comes to CV’s, so a lot of candidates don’t get beyond the applicant tracking system (ATS).
This system allows companies to easily manage their recruitment processes by maintaining a database of applicant and job information.
Applicant tracking software collects, scans and sorts CV’s based on those that best match the requirements.
A lot of people talk about beating the applicant tracking system (ATS) but it’s more about the following: Thoroughly examining and understanding the job description, recognising the key words and mirroring them in your CV.
Ultimately your best bet is to pay a professional CV Writer who will examine all aspects of your CV, to ensure it ticks all the boxes.
Obviously you want to get your CV to the decision makers and successfully navigate (ATS). You also want to get that coveted interview on the way to landing your dream job by showing you’re the best match for that job.
CV Writers can be a great investment but only if you pick the right one.
I recommend (from personal experience) that you take some time to research the services of any potential CV Writers, checking their profiles, qualifications and feedback from clients. The quality of services provided can vary quite widely.
We recommend Dominic Joyce, take a closer look at what he says and more importantly the results he achieves.
75% of Recruiters Rely on LinkedIn
LinkedIn is a great tool to help build your network. A great opportunity for you to reach out to employers. Also find out company information, what it’s like to work for them, the culture of the organisation, follow companies and look at the content they put out there. You can discover all this key information by setting up an optimised LinkedIn profile.
If you don’t have a LinkedIn profile you are in effect invisible to a lot of recruiters.
Don’t forget this should be part of a wider strategy where your searching for jobs via websites like ours, University job boards and your own networks.
60% of Candidates Give Up
This is a surprisingly high figure as many candidates may find other jobs in the meantime. Maybe it says more about some of the drawn out recruitment processes some organisations have put in place.
A bit of a cliche but job hunting is a numbers game and will test you mentally and often financially. According to ‘Business Insider’ you need to apply for up to 27 jobs before getting 1 interview.
When you put this all together it proves more than anything that you must be single-minded and you must never give up, your time will come!