Looking For Jobs In All The Wrong Places

Nov 16 2011 in Featured, Job Boards, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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How many of your job opportunities do you find on job boards?

If you’re like the majority of candidates I poll, you’re finding too many of your opportunities on job boards – you’re looking for jobs in all the wrong places.

How can I say that?

I can say that, because … CareerBuilder, CNN, and Fox News say that if you’re looking for jobs on job boards, you’re looking in the wrong places. These publications and sites show that 80% of new hires were already known by the hiring manager.

Just 10% come from job boards.

Remember, an average 1,000 candidates apply for each advertised job (even small companies that advertise on Craigslist get 500 applicants). This means that 1,000 applicants together have a combined 10% chance that one of them will get the job. When you do the math, this brings your odds of getting a job from a job board to 1/10,000th – it’s even worse when you consider the percentage of fake job ads.

And it’s not just me telling you this … it’s CareerBuilder, the world’s largest job board.

Here’s how it typically works:

When a hiring manager first writes up justification for a new headcount or a replacement, they naturally start thinking about who they’d like to put into the position. Usually, the hiring manager comes up with a short list of 2-3 names of internal transfers, ex-employees and people met other ways (networking). These 2-3 names are determined before the job is advertised, and comprise the 80% of new employees.

The job basically belongs to one of these these candidates – But life isn’t perfect, and the best laid plans may go astray.

The hiring manager may not be able to come to salary terms with all three short listed candidates, others may not want to leave their current employer, the hiring manager may not be able to politically arrange an internal transfer, still others may have just taken a new job, or some of these top candidates may not have passed background screening.

When that happens, and all the top 2-3 candidates fall through, the hiring manager has to go to Plan B.

What’s Plan B?

You are, if you’ve applied through a job board – you and 1,000 other candidates.

That’s what you get when you apply through job boards, horrible odds, and at best, you share Plan B with 1,000 others.

So why do employers invest so much in ads on job boards? Thank the Federal government, who requires a company demonstrate they follow fair hiring laws under the EEOC. In order to demonstrate compliance, the company needs to collect resumes of candidates from different backgrounds, age groups, and minorities.

Even when you get an interview when you’ve applied through a job board, there’s a greater chance that you’re just there to help the employer comply with Federal labor laws, than of actually being considered for hire.

After all, when you apply through a job board … you have just a 1:10,000 chance in ever getting that job.

Sick of wasting your time on opportunities with those horrible odds?

There’s a much more effective way to find job opportunities – join me in my next Resume Revolution webinar (register at http://ResumeWebinar.com) to learn how to focus on being one of the 80% of new hires.

Isn’t that better than being frustrated and wasting your time chasing after the 10%?


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