By Jessica Holbrook Hernandez, President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast
I hear the pain and the frustration in job seekers’ voices every day. They’re discouraged from spending countless hours job searching only to end up feeling like they’re just spinning their wheels and going nowhere. Job seekers are becoming disillusioned with job boards and discovering quickly that job boards aren’t the answer they hoped they would be. It seems job seekers aren’t sure where else to turn or what else to do—and this is leading to frustration, desperation, and stress. Well, if you haven’t heard it yet, let me be the first to tell you there IS hope. Your job search doesn’t have to be stressful and depressing—or frustrating and overwhelming.
Although I cannot offer you one magical solution that will fix all of your job search woes—or find you a job in one day after only one hour’s worth of effort (no one can promise that, by the way; and if they do … RUN)—what I can tell you is that with some effort and a diversified job search strategy, your job search can be much less time consuming and a whole lot shorter than the average job search of 6-10 months.
So Where Do Most Job Seekers Go Wrong?
According to this job search study, the average job seeker spends between 5%-20% of his or her time during the week searching for work (given a 40-hour work week, for the sake of some simplified math—that means between 2-8 hours spent job searching). Of the 2-8 hours spent searching, almost ALL of it was on job boards. Up to 96% of job seekers spent their time exclusively online—with only 4% conducting work searches offline. Doing the math for you here … that means, at best, job seekers spend 19.2 minutes PER WEEK using one of the methods I’m about to mention—and at worst, they spend 4.8 minutes per week using these methods. That’s incredible! That means between 5-19 minutes per week of job search time is being spread across all the other search methods—networking, informational interviews, cold calling, direct mail, targeting, etc. It’s no wonder that