According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (2018), most jobs are not even advertised. Most jobs, about 80% of available work, are never posted on a job board (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018). Let that sink in…. Most jobs are not advertised!!! So where do you look?
This requires you as the “talent” to really do some initial research. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You first have to figure out what kind or employer and culture you are looking for. Here are some tips to help you create some healthy habit loops that will end in you finding some amazing work.
1. Dedicate at least one hour a week to your job search. I suggest you literally block out time on your calendar on a day/time that you know you will consistently have available.
2. Once you find an employer that you think aligns with your desired outcomes, or your lifestyle, or your wallet, bookmark that employer’s career site. This way when you sit down at your designated day/time, you can click through the designated list of ideal employers quickly. If you do this once a week, it also gives you an additional advantage because you should see when new jobs are listed first.
3. This brings me to my next point. Be the early applicant. When a hiring manager sees a few good applicants they are likely to jump into the interview process and may even stop reviewing applicants that applied later in the process. This means that unless the first search and review of applicants fail to produce a clear “winner” then you are automatically out. Time wasted.
4. If a saved employer has an alert option you definitely want to activate that as well to save you sometime.
In my opinion, applying for work really is a numbers game. You may need to apply to dozens of jobs before you hear from one employer. DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED! Instead, keep building your job search habits and eventually that one person you need to see your wonderful resume and see your value and potential will find you!
So do you have an awesome resume? You ready for that interview? I can help!
Dr. Ginger Raya
Bureau of Labor Statistics. Retrieved from Occupational Outlook Handbook, Healthcare Occupations, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2011/spring/art01.pdf (visited January 30, 2018).