1 in 1000 chance
Applying online with a standard CV or Résumé is usually an exercise in futility, it equates to a 0.1% success rate in securing employment, or to put it another way – it’s a 1 in 1000 chance!
That’s like a drop in the ocean!
The 1 in 1000 chance of getting a job problem
Most people searching for employment spend 70% to 80% of their time surfing the net, looking at job boards without realizing that the majority of hiring is done through having the correct key content in their CV or Résumé or networking to via social media to get in touch with the relevant hiring managers.
The following data may be a bit stale but it demonstrates the predicament most job seekers face.
Major job boards each receive about 427,000 CVs or Résumés posted every week.
Major Companies or Corporates typically receive about 6 times, as many applications as there are employees in the Company. That means for a 30,000-employee Company, they might get 180,000 applications a year. Simply astonishing!
Here are the statistics that highlight the 1 in 1000 chance job seekers may achieve through traditional job seeking:
- For every job opening 1000 people will have looked at the Job Specification, potentially 200 may apply.
- Of these, a Recruiter may collate the CVs or Résumés of 50 potential Candidates.
- Only 10 of these may be considered for a pre-interviewed by the Recruiter.
- Recruiters normally select 3 to 5 “best fit” Candidates for an Employer interview.
- If all goes well, just 1 person gets employed.
This equates to a 1 in 1000 chance, 0.1% of securing a job!
It’s obvious that the recruiting process reflects huge wastage and that something is radically wrong if it returns a 1 in 1000 chance for job seekers.
The main reason for such an extremely low percentage is that like any trade and job function you need to learn how to do what is required of you in order to be considered a success. This certainly applies to job Seekers. Everyone in the labor market needs coaching if they wish to avoid joining the being one of the 0.1%.
Here’s a simple list of how to improve your percentage exponentially:
- First and foremost, realize you need coaching, trial and error will lose you time and career enhancement.
- Learn and understand how to master the Recruitment Process.
- Get advice on how to work with Recruiters, so that they will provide you with a greater certainty of job opportunities that they feel that you are “best fit” for.
- Utilize the “Back Door” approach to securing a job.
- Continue to utilize online job sites in the correct way, Remember that they tend to be the graveyard for generalized CVs or Résumés that have been written simply to reflect the owners work history, responsibilities, and date from to detail.
- Your CV or Résumé needs to contain EXACTLY what Recruiters and Hiring Managers look for [this is not just your career history!]. It should incorporate “Context Keywords” and reflect “Achiever Patterns”. Most Candidates simply fail to understand what these are and by not knowing they limit themselves and become another statistic with 1 in 1000 chance, 0.1% of securing a job.
- The recruitment process contains multiple gateways and points of failure for the job seeker. A Coach will highlight these and explain how you can navigate these positively. Not recognizing these gateways throughout the start to end part of the Candidate selection and negotiation phase of the Recruitment Process is why even the best-talented people fail.
The object of a Recruitment Coach is to help you achieve the right ratios in recruitment. Why enter the recruitment process by being amongst the initial 1000 looking at an online job specification
2017 dawns and it’s still a pretty tough job market out there both for people who are completely without work and those who have jobs but certainly not the dream careers that they desire. Competition in the job market is definitely on the increase.
Fortunately, there are resources out there that can help job seekers to beat the competition to the jobs that they seek and career moves that will increase the worth to themselves and to future employers.
The art and science of career coaching are relatively new, especially if it’s delivered by a seasoned professional Recruiter who is prepared to unveil the trade secrets of the recruitment process. Understanding how a career coach can help prep you to compete against those millions of fellow job seekers is going to be key to your success in gaining the jobs that you apply for this coming year!
What exactly is career coaching?
It comprises of two similar but distinct tracks:
Coaching and Counseling.
The goal is to support talented people in developing the right methods of profiling themselves so that they match specific job criteria, helping them to make informed decisions about their career development and trajectory, as well as providing various tools and information that they should use to meet their career goals.
In general, “Coaching” tends to be a solution-oriented approach, which involves working with job seekers to see what concrete steps they can take to achieve career objectives.
“Counseling,” however, is more process driven—you look at whether there are any behavioral, emotional or psychological issues that could be impeding a person’s desired career ambitions, and to help them overcome them by providing positive outlooks.
But the core virtue of career coaching is to help people evaluate their professional situations with a greater degree of honesty, curiosity, empathy and compassion regardless as to whether they are at the start of their career, or aiming high as a seasoned professional, or are a mature person of working age approaching retirement.
What are the most common misconceptions about career coaching?
The top three are:
- That a well done CV or Résumé is all you need to conduct an effective job search.
- That career coaches will actually find you a job.
- There’s also the popular notion that you only have to attend a single career-coaching session and your job challenges will be resolved. It actually takes about 8 to 10 hours of counseling for the typical job seeker to begin internalizing the key benefits of coaching.
What can the average person expect to get from working with a career coach?
By and large, job seekers can reasonably expect to gain career confidence, a deep insight into how they will create a profile that will be searched for and found by Recruiters and Employers. They will gain the ability and inspiration to create a CV or Résumé that contains the exact information that Recruiters and Employers look for. They will gain new strategies for finding jobs that the competition may not be aware of, placing them in an advantaged position to secure the job that they seek.
For the average job seeker, a job search can create a fair amount of anxiety, fear, and vulnerability, a disappointment for many is the result of simply joining the crowd.
For the average job seeker the odds of securing a job are exceptionally slim, a 1 in 1000 chance. Career Coaching will dramatically improve these odds.
FACT: It takes very little time to recycle a CV or Résumé on an online job site, 94% of job seekers constantly submit CVs or Résumés to online job postings, even though little will come of it.
The aim of the Career Coach is to enable the job seeker to work smarter and also harder at gaining a job in a different way.
So what’s a Career Coach cost?
This depends upon how they operate, the time that they expend with a job seeker, and whether they serve Executives or Post Grads. Costs vary from £1,000 down to £250, however now that the virtual world is overtaking traditional Career Coaching, there are excellent online courses that cost as little as £25 whilst delivering Coaching and Counselling on a personal level that is every bit as effective as the traditional Career Coaching and well within most job seeker’s budget.