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How effective are your job hunting methods?

We use different methods for hunting jobs. From posting on job sites or download job applications, sending CVs, talking to other people from the related fields and so on. However, expert research has revealed that while some of these methods might translate into a job, not all methods are that effective. In fact, there is a hierarchy of how effective all job hunting methods are.

However, remember that most methods are directly proportionate to their effectiveness. Which means that the methods that require the least effort is also the one which has the lowest chance of paying off. Here, we have combined a list of job hunting ways inversely in terms of their effectiveness.

The low-success rate methods:

  1. Trawling through the Internet, looking at job sites and putting up your resume. Some download job applications put up by different corporations and send them in. Surprised that this is the least effective method since it is used so commonly? Unless your resume is outstandingly brilliant, it will get lost in the big wide web world.
  2. Sending your resumes randomly to different companies. Again, cold emailing is usually not very popular, unless you get real lucky. 
  3. Applying for jobs advertised in magazines and journals which are related to your field. Both this method and the one above share equal levels of effectiveness.
  4. Looking at the classifieds in the newspapers and applying for jobs related to your sector of experience. This is a common and generally successful way of looking for a job.
  5. Visiting private agencies offering employment opportunities or search firms as well. These places can offer resources for good jobs offered by firms.
  6. Visiting union hall gatherings where companies come to pick potential employees. Or visiting the state or Federal employment service office as well.

The high-success rate methods:

  1. Talking to a former teacher, mentor or professor and asking them for employment leads.
  2. Another effective method is to talk to family members, friends, colleagues or someone on your professional network for leads. A lot of good jobs are grabbed through internal references and word of mouth.
  3. Physically visiting offices and employers in fields related to you and approaching them with your resume, regardless of whether they have announced a vacancy or not. This is one of the most strenuous job hunts and also has high chances of yielding positive results for the hunters. 
  4. Similarly, looking through the Yellow Pages, finding the sectors that are related to your interests, identifying employers and then calling them to introduce yourself to ask them if they are hiring for people like you. A lot of people do this in groups also.

The statistically most effective method of job hunting:

There is a creative way of looking for a job. Firstly, it involves you finding out more about yourself and figuring out what you are good at and what your skills are. Then, start doing some face to face interviews in the organisations where you would want to work in.

It doesn’t end there however. Now, look up your personal contacts to find contacts in the organisations and find out the main person with the power to hire you. Keep in mind that this doesn’t necessarily have to be someone in the Human Resources department. Once you find out who that person is, try and arrange a meeting with the person so that you can convince them in person.

One of these outlined methods will surely get you a job at the end of the day. However, remember that you will have to work hard at it.

About the author

Lizzie Jones is a Human Resources officer at a multinational corporation for the last ten years. She interviews potential employees who download job applications and submit them. Lizzie loves to make crafts in her spare time.

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