Going through some old articles and I ran across this very interesting from last summer. The article is “The 15-Minute Job Hunt,” by Kelly Eggers. It begins with this somewhat provocative set of statements:
Looking for a job may be a full-time occupation, but actually spending 40-plus hours per week looking at job listings won’t cut it. Nor will spending all of those hours mass-emailing your resume.
What will work is a diversified strategy. If you’re busy working full-time already, or if you have other day-to-day responsibilities, knowing what types of tasks you can complete when you only have 15 minutes to spare will help you use your time to its fullest.
Because if you’re unemployed, looking for a job becomes (as it should) an all encompassing them. It can also lead (quickly) to burnout, frustration, and depression. Perhaps the better way is to heed some of Ms. Eggers’ advice. It’s essentially about working smarter and using all the tools that are available.
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Here’s another interesting take on job searches:
Searching for a new job is hard work. In fact, it can be the toughest job you’ll ever have. The key to job search success is to treat the entire process like a business; think of yourself as being in the job-hunting business.
I really do not like the “slide presentation” format that some use for their articles. The clicking of page number or next irritates me. That said, the premise of this article that you treat a job search as a business is a good premise.
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And lastly, how about these numbers from Richard Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, as compiled by Kevin Brennfleck and Kay Marie Brennfleck:
- Contacting employers directly and contacting personal contacts (Up to 74.5% of job hunters find jobs using these methods)
- Using the Internet for computer-related jobs (45% success rate–Bolles’ personal estimate)
- Asking friends for job leads (34% success rate)
- Asking relatives for job leads (26.7% success rate)
- Using your school’s placement/career services (21.4 % found jobs)
- Using executive search firms (15% found jobs)
- Using federal/state employment service (14.7% found jobs)
- Answering classified ads (up to 14% of job hunters find jobs using this method)
- Asking a professor or teacher for job leads (12.1% success rate)
- Contacting employment agencies (up to 12% found jobs)
- Answering ads in professional journals (8.3% found jobs)
- Attending job fairs (8.2% found jobs)
- Using the Internet for non-computer-related jobs (2% success rate–Bolles’ personal estimate)
So, where are you actually spending all your time?
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