Quick and Quintessential Career & Job Tips
Job-hunting tips from the April 25, 2005 issue of QuintZine.
According to a very useful (no cost) job-hunting publication from the U.S. Labor Department, here are the most effective methods for finding jobs.
- 66 percent applied directly to employer, for a 47.7 percent effectiveness rate.*
- 50.8 percent asked friends about jobs where they work for a 22.1 percent effectiveness rate.
- 41.8 percent asked friends about jobs elsewhere with an 11.9 percent effectiveness rate.
- 28.4 asked relatives about jobs where they work for a 19.3 percent effectiveness rate.
- 27.3 percent asked relatives about jobs elsewhere for a 7.4 percent effectiveness rate.
- 45.9 percent answered local newspaper ads for a 23.9 percent effectiveness rate.
- 21.0 percent approached a private employment agency with a 24.2 percent effectiveness rate.
- 12.5 percent got help from a school placement office with a success rate of 21.4 percent effectiveness rate.
- 15.3 percent entered jobs through taking a Civil Service test for a 12.5 effectiveness rate.
- 10.4 percent asked a teacher or professor for a 12.1 percent effectiveness rate.
- 1.6 percent placed ad in local newspaper for a 12.9 percent effectiveness rate.
- 6.0 percent went to a union hiring hall for a 22.2 percent effectiveness rate.
* Effectiveness rate is a percentage obtained by dividing the number of job-seekers who actually found work using the method, by the total number of job-seekers who tried to use that method, whether successfully or not.
The number of job openings is increasing — at all levels. Recruiters are more aggressive now, seeking qualified people to work as executives, managers, technicians, production workers, salespeople, drivers, mechanics, and many other jobs. One FORTUNE 500 company has 7,000 openings; another needs 8,000 over the next six months. Retained search firms have difficulty finding qualified senior executives.
Electronic job boards report a significant increase in the volume of resumes. Aside from Monster’s campaign to gather more resumes with a $50,000 prize incentive, the flow has grown considerably. Activity in the employment market is much stronger than it was just a couple of months ago. That change is important for trend-watchers who forecast future conditions. The Herman Trend Alert confirms its forecast that this year will see unprecedented employee turnover and serious shortages of skilled workers.
This phenomenon is not limited to the United States. The same challenges are being experienced around the world. Contacts in other countries report that employers in their regions have trouble filling positions requiring skills and leadership ability as well.
From “Herman Trend Alert,” by Roger Herman and Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurists, copyright 2005. (800) 227-3566 or The Herman Group.
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