Evaluating Your Job Searching by the Numbers

Statistics wasn’t my favorite class, but I need them for many things.   They are used for many things from voting to purchasing  decisions.   You can achieve success in your job search using statistics. 

 How is your job search going?  Are you getting interviews?  Are your interviews turning into offers?

 If your job search isn’t going well, statistics will help you see where the problem is.  Once you know where the problem is, you can take stumbling bar graph  digitalartteps to make improvements.

 The answer to are you getting interviews can be found with your résumé.  The purpose of the résumé is to get you an interview.  To determine the success of your résumé, keep track of how many resumes you send out.  If it is posted online, check to see how many views it‘s getting.  If you’re getting calls for either to find out more information or to set up interviews are close to the number of sent resumes, you are doing well.    But if it isn’t, there is something wrong with your résumé.  Have your résumé looked at to see where changes need to be made.  This can be done if you are looking for one type of job or several.

 The same approach goes for  interviews.  If you are going on interviews, but not getting to the next round or an offer, there is something about your interviewing.  Ask someone to conduct a mock interview with you and video it.  Have that person or another view the video to see what’s going on.  They should be looking for attitude, annoying phrases, nervous movements (like clicking a pen repeatedly), negative body language, facial expression, and your answers to the questions. 

 The job search is a process where each step builds upon the previous.  Finding where the problem can easily be found by looking at the numbers.   And when you make the appropriate changes, you will find success.

5 Comments to "Evaluating Your Job Searching by the Numbers"

  1. Carl Nielson's Gravatar Carl Nielson
    February 3, 2013 - 11:07 am | Permalink

    Excellent point. The only way to see success is to measure the components that create success. I find many won’t do this because it highlights the problem as one they are in control of rather than some external force like the economy. However, the feeling of empowerment when you set daily/weekly goals for each of these metrics and track the numbers is very positive. After you get hired, you’ll be track back to see exactly why it happened for you – – the numbers will tell the story. You might also check out http://www.slideshare.net/carlnielson/job-hunting-in-the-21st-century-for-students.

  2. Cheryl Thomas's Gravatar Cheryl Thomas
    January 30, 2013 - 6:40 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great tips!

  3. Joan M's Gravatar Joan M
    January 30, 2013 - 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Good points, especially now. Too often people blame the economy, or politicians for not being able to find work. I’m not saying it’s a perfect world, but watching the stats you mention are great places to start taking a look at yourself.

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