The overall unemployment rate is slowly decreasing, but the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is still in the double digits.
Whether you are unemployed or underemployed, searching for a job can be both intimidating and a lot of work. The truth is, sometimes finding a new job could feel like a job in itself.
To make it easier, we pulled together a few best practices and recommendations to help you with your job search. Start using these tips today to improve your chances of getting noticed by potential employers on GettingHired and other job boards.
Not Searching Frequently Enough for Open Positions:
As we mentioned, searching for a job or a new career takes time and effort. Don’t underestimate the amount of work you will need to put into it.
If you are unemployed, you should be spending 30 – 40 hours a week:
- Searching for positions
- Researching companies
- Attending job fairs
- Customizing your resumes and cover letters
- Applying to interesting jobs that match your skills
I know that amount of time sounds excessive, but with the number of individuals unemployed in this economy, finding a job needs to be treated like a full-time position.
The reality is similar for individuals who are being underpaid and want a new job or want to work in a new industry. You should be spending 10 – 20 hours per week:
- Searching for open positions
- Updating your skills and current job information
- Customizing your cover letters
- Applying to positions of interest
Not Filling Out Your Information Completely:
A number of job portals, including GettingHired, request that our job seekers upload their resumes and activate their accounts. It’s not because we want you to do additional work, but because the employers who are actively searching for talented and qualified candidates use this information to determine if you may be the right fit for an open position at their company.
The more information you provide around your skills, experience, and even the type of industry and position you are looking to acquire, allows these proactive HR teams to find you and review your resume.
Creating a Fake Account or Bad Email Address:
We have all been guilty of this at one point in our job search. You’re in a hurry, tired of filling out forms, not interested in receiving emails…whatever the case may be. But what you don’t realize is that by doing this, you are actually hurting yourself.
As I mentioned, proactive company recruiters are trying to find candidates within our system for their open jobs. Creating a fake account makes it appear that you are not taking your job search seriously, and if you are truly in need of a job, that is not the first impression you want to make.
Sometimes, job seekers add a fake email address, believing it will cut down on email and “SPAM” from the job portal. Unfortunately, it will also prevent you from getting emails from potential employers as well.
If you are not interested in receiving news from companies hiring or job alerts about open positions, that’s not a problem. You can easily opt-out of those alerts or choose not set them up within your account settings. You also have the option of “Unsubscribing” from an email distribution list.
Providing a fake or bad email address will also inhibit you from activating your account, which means potential employers will not be able to see your information or reach out to you about an open position.
Appling to 20+ Jobs Per Day or None at All:
When you really need a job, you may think that applying to everything will get you noticed, and it will - in a negative way.
If you have the skills to work in different areas within the same company, by all means apply to those positions. However, keep in mind that when companies receive multiple applications from the same person across different groups, industries, or fields that do not fall into the same skill set, the perception is that the job seeker doesn’t know what they want to do. Especially when the applicant applies to all of those jobs in the same day.
A simple rule of thumb: Do not to apply to more than 20 jobs per day.
Some facts about resumes received per job post:
- The average job posting receives 267 resumes
- A company posts an average of 100 jobs per year
- HR Departments spend an average of 20 hours a week qualifying candidates
We understand that job hunting can be a depressing experience, tied to a feeling of rejection from both a lack in feedback or not receiving an interview. That said, making the decision to not apply for any jobs at all only guarantees that you will not be hired.
You are not alone in the feeling that applying to a job board is like dropping your resume into a bottomless void where it will never be seen again. Though it may feel discouraging, a recent study from Bersin shows that it is definitely worth the effort. They discovered that 19% of all new hires last year came from job boards, which makes them the number one source for candidates.
Companies continue to use job portals to find candidates, and at GettingHired, our employers are looking to attract, hire, and retain talented and qualified job seekers from our community.