I consider it being a huge problem and the source of frustration for too many people, which is the reason why I decided to share some of my insights with you.
You may have probably noticed that the current job market is anything but similar to the one prior to 2008. Consequently, the techniques which used to be effective do not bring the similar results anymore.
Whenever I ask the following question: ‘How are you planning to secure your next job?’, the answer
I receive in the majority of cases is: ‘I will be applying.’
The problem with this approach to searching for a new job is that, according to the most recent research presented in ’48 Days to the Work You Love’ by Dan Miller, applying to job adverts leads only to 8% of instances of securing a new position.
On the contrary, asking your friends and acquaintances for job leads results is 34% of success!
A logical implication of this would be to take your time to make a list of everyone you know and get in touch with them.
But remember not to ask your acquaintances to give you a job, as it may put them in an inconvenient situation. Instead, ask them for advice, introductions to people who may be able to help you directly or indirectly, or simply make them aware of what you are looking for. As a result, more people will be alert for any potential opportunities suitable to you.
This is an example of many techniques you could try. It is worth mentioning though that an effective job search is a whole campaign comprising of various channels you should use to reach out to your target employers in order to increase your chances of success.
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Please share this piece of advice with anyone who is currently searching for a new job.