Job Search Workshop
Rationale for job search strategy
Taken from Nathan Azrin's Action Club Model
- Successful job seekers had specific goals or a focus for their job search.
- Successful job seekers knew a great deal about their own abilities, skills, and interests.
- Successful job seekers knew a great deal about the job search.
- Successful job seekers had a particular pattern to the way in which they conducted their research about the potential employer.
Statistics informing the practice of job search in 1997
- It takes ten telephone contacts to secure an interview. Ratio 10:1
- It takes twenty-five interviews to secure a job offer. Ratio 25:1
- It takes 245 unsolicited resumes on the net or mailed to secure an interview. Ratio 245:1
- The single most effective form of contact is personal interview.
- Identify your job focus, preferably three options at any one time.
- Identify the people, places, organizations, businesses or agencies that do what you are interested in doing.
- Research those leads to the best of your ability.
- Contact those leads to arrange an informational interview (use informational interview guidelines).
- Conduct the informational interviews and compile all the materials, leads and data you have collected.
- When you have completed a number of informational interviews, re-contact these leads and inform them of your search plans and elicit their support in your job search process.
- Set aside specific times and days to conduct your job search.
- Stick to your job search schedule as closely as possible.
- Follow up ANY interview with a thank you note.
Current statistics on job search activity
National average for length of job search is three months. Average number of interviews to hire is between thirteen and twenty-five.