8 Signs That You Suck At Job Search

Sep 20 2011 in Featured, Job Search Strategy, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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It’s frustrating to realize you suck at something … but most of you suck at job search.

But it’s not your fault – you’re just doing what you’ve been taught by outplacement, most career coaches/authors, and gov’t/community/church/alumni resources. Unfortunately, the sources that most job seekers use teach you how to suck at job search.

It’s especially frustrating when you’re really good at your job, but because you suck at job search, you’re having trouble finding a new job.

Then again, how can you be very good at something you do only a few times in your career, the rules have changed, the way you’re evaluated has changed, and the very purpose of what you’ve been taught has changed?

At least you’re not alone … most readers of this article suck at searching for a job, whether they realize it or not.

So you don’t believe that you suck at searching for a job?

Here Are 8 Signs That You Suck At Job Search:

  1. Your resume response rate is less than 10%: Your resume response rate (Total resumes sent divided by actual face to face job interviews … excluding phone interviews, HR interviews, recruiter interviews and informational interviews) is the best indicator of how well your job search is going. The average resume response rate is a horrible 1.5% – 2%, about the same rate as junk mail – if you’re anywhere near these numbers, you suck at job search.
  2. You aren’t getting many interviews: If your resume response rate is poor, then you aren’t getting many interviews. CareerBuilder projects it will take an average 17 interviews to get your next job. Remember that nurses, social media experts, renewable energy experts, and Silicon Valley software developers bring that average down. On the other hand, those in career transition, having sizable career gaps, over 40, executives/managers, those in industries that are downtrodden, geographic movers, and career changers all should expect a much higher number of interviews until their next job.
  3. You aren’t getting past the prescreening process: You’re getting calls from HR reps and/or recruiters, but few end up in interviews. This means you’re getting screened out, during the first weeding out process, before you get the chance to impress a decision maker. If this happens often, you suck at searching for a job.
  4. Informational interviews go nowhere: You’ve been able to get some informational interviews, but how many of these have resulted in a real, face-to-face, honest-to-goodness job interview with a hiring manager who actually has an approved job to hire? If you aren’t converting informational interviews into job interviews, then you suck at job search.
  5. Your network hasn’t provided many opportunities: In the past, your network as presented you with many job opportunities – often the best opportunities. Even though you’re working your network more than ever before, you aren’t getting job opportunities from the people you know. If you can’t get your network to find you opportunities, then you suck at searching for a job.
  6. Recruiters aren’t presenting you to employers: You’ve talked to every recruiter you were referred to, called back every recruiter who called you, interviewed with 5 or even 10 recruiters, yet none of them are presenting you for jobs often. If you can’t get recruiters to present you opportunities on a regular basis, then you suck at job search.
  7. Your job search is taking longer than you expected: If your job search is taking twice as long as you expected, or more, you’re not alone. Most people who are good at their jobs, suck at searching for a new job.
  8. Your job search is frustrating: If you feel like job search is slow torture, it’s because you suck at job search.

If you’re realizing that you suck at searching for a new job, you’re not alone … and it’s not your fault.

You were taught how to search for jobs by your college placement offices, who taught you job search strategies that worked for purposes of the career placement office. Unfortunately, what they taught served the placement office’s purposes, but didn’t teach job search skills useful for the rest of your career … even if you graduated recently.

It’s because your college placement office really taught you how to write a resume that would be published … in a book … that the placement office sold to employers (yes, this still happens today, but today it’s usually an e-book). How often in your post-collegiate or grad school years have you written a resume to be published in a book?

The entire purpose of the resume all the resume strategies you’ve been taught, aren’t valid for the rest of your career – because you aren’t writing a resume for a book anymore.

So what can you do about it?

Learn all you can about searching for a job, but realize that many of the “experts” also suck at job search. Also realize that if you get 10 different opinions about your job search, most of them will be different, and some will conflict.

I offer many opinions about how to improve your job search through my articles and complimentary webinars at http://ResumeWebinar.com .

Check them out to see if they’ll help stop your job search from sucking.


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