Applying for a job online is a waste of your time.
Yep, you saw it correct. Simply sitting behind the desk applying for jobs that you see online has an incredibly low success rate.
Why is that you ask?
Let’s take a deeper dive into that.
Employers are just as interested in saving time and money as anyone else. Reading resumes and attempting to distinguish between them is not easy. It’s time-consuming and certainly not proven to be any more accurate in hiring the right people. It is also becoming more and more expensive to post jobs on job boards.
Remember when people used to wait for the Sunday paper to see what jobs were available? It became too expensive and time intensive for employers to mess with, so very few do that anymore. That trend is continuing when it comes to job postings on large job boards.
Personal contact and knowledge trump everything else. It has always been known (and proven) that referrals are the best resource. If I am looking to hire someone, the first thing I’m doing is asking for referrals from those people I trust and looking around for people I have personally connected with that may be a fit.
It is estimated that at least 80% of jobs are never posted for the world to see. On top of that, at least 80% of people don’t realize it or do anything to take advantage.
It’s as if you are fishing in a pond with limited fish that is crowded with lots of other people fishing. The good news is that there’s another pond you have access to that has a lot more fish and fewer people over there.
So how do you find the other pond- those jobs that aren’t posted? See my recent post on networking for some advice on that.
Will you still need to apply online on occasion? Yes, but I say only after you’ve made contacts with people and been asked to apply as part of their normal process. This should only be about 5% of your effort.
Separate from the crowd. Work just as hard, only smarter. Plan to enjoy success.
Question: What have you done to get more “bang for the buck” with your time as you did a job search?