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The Best and Worst Ways To Job Hunt

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Job hunting should be considered a job in itself. The amount of hours spent combing the internet, uploading résumés only to fill out online applications, and sending dozens of emails out like a Hail Mary pass can make you start to doubt yourself. There has to be a better way, right?

Some of the traditional ways we look for jobs are a thing of the past, according to MarketWatch, which was adapted from “What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017 Edition” by Richard N. Bolles. Luckily, a few of the tried and true methods will still pull through for you but how do you know which will work and which will flop? Bolles listed his top 10 methods and I pulled my favorite from there. Check out the list below for recommendations and some stats to back up those claims, too.

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1. Looking for employers’ job postings on the internet.

So, to start things off, let’s look at how we all generally apply to jobs – looking at postings online. This has to have the highest success rate, right?

“This method apparently works just 4% of the time, on average.”

Ouch. Apparently we’ve all been doing it wrong. Get off your computer and out into the world is probably the best first step to take!

2. Posting, or mailing out, your résumé to employers.

Remember the good ol’ days when you could mass distribute your resume and get a dozen responses? This is no longer true.

“One study suggested that only 1 out of 1,470 résumés actually resulted in a job. Another found the fig­ure to be even worse: 1 job offer for every 1,700 résumés floating around out there.”

Basically, don’t waste your time and especially don’t waste all that paper, either!

3. Answering local newspaper ads.

What? Newspapers are still being printed? Apparently so and applying for a job through one of these ads works between 5% and 24% of the time. But if you’re looking for a high-paying position, this may not be the best route for you, as it seems the lower-level salary bracket has better luck here.

6. “Job Clubs.”

This is something I haven’t heard of before. A job club? What do you do, meet up and commiserate about your fruitless searches? Apparently it’s much, much more.

“When the late Nathan Azrin coined the term, it meant that job hunting was a 9 to 5 job, Monday through Friday, every week, for group members. You met with other job hunters between 9 a.m. and noon each day. From 1 to 5, you went out and visited places individually, doing informational interviews or keeping appointments you’d set up. Before going out, you’d share with the group what kind of job you were looking for, so you had other eyes out looking for leads. These job clubs had success rate of 84%.”

How can we make this a thing again?

9. Asking for job leads.

This seems to be one of your best bets out of these dismal percentages. Ask around, post statuses on Facebook or Twitter, reach out through LinkedIn. Ask people for leads! It works 33% of the time. Your odds are almost five times better doing this than just spamming employers with your résumé.

10. Knocking on the door of any employer, office or manufacturing plant.

If you’re more of the type that is better at going at it alone than joining a job club, then this is easily your best bet, especially if it’s a small business. 47% of the time, if you walk in and are face-to-face with owners, you will likely land a job.

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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