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The Five Worst Ways to Hunt for a Job

The all time best-selling job-hunting book in the world is What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Bolles. Your library will carry several copies. Here are some interesting statistics from Bolles' book about common job-search methods that don't work very well.

The success rates for the job search strategies listed below assume that this is the only method you use. Obviously, if you combine the different methods, you should experience greater success.

  1. Using the Internet (and only if you are seeking a technical job) — 10% success rate at landing a job
  2. Mailing out resumes to employers at random. — 7%
  3. Answering ads in professional or trade journals. — 7%
  4. Answering local newspaper ads — 5 to 24% (the variation is due to the level of salary sought: the lower the salary, the more likely you will succeed with this method).
  5. Going to private employment agencies or search firms for help — 5 to 24% (again the lower the salary you seek, the more likely you are to experience success with this method).

Bolles also mentions three other common job search methods and their success rates. They are:

  1. Going to job fairs or places where employers pick out workers — 8%
  2. Taking a Civil Service examination — 12%
  3. Asking a former teacher or professor for job-leads — 12%

Click here for the best methods of searching for a job.


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