WHERE HAVE ALL THE JOBS GONE??? If you are currently unemployed I would urge you to read this blog. The employment market has changed dramatically over the years and the statistics are only getting worse. Not only small retailers but many of our larger established stores are shutting down and going into receivership. The days of starting a job when you left high school and staying there until retirement is fast becoming a thing of the past. So now if you are currently looking for work you need to get smarter and more creative in your approach or risk becoming long term unemployed.
An interesting statistic is that in Australia 75% of jobs go un advertised. And out of the 25% of jobs advertised on job websites such as SEEK or Indeed a massive percentage of those positions are advertised by recruitment agencies or by companies that have to advertise a position even if they have already filled the position. This leaves unemployed people the scraps to fight for. With executive positions the stats are even more mind blowing with an average of 250 resumeâ€™s sent in for each position and from those 250 resumeâ€™s only 6 will get an interview.
So how can you find a job in this day and age when competition is so fierce? As mentioned before 75% of positions are not advertised so now it is time to start marketing yourself. I recently phoned approx. 10 businesses in an industrial area of Adelaide for a recruitment company. From 10 â€“ 12 Phone calls I found 3 positions for clients that were never advertised. If I could speak to 12 business owners in a two hour period in one afternoon how many cold calls could you make in a week? Could you end up finding a position simply by ringing random businesses and asking them if they had any positions available? Or what would happen if you dropped in to random businesses with your resume and a cover letter every second day of the week? I guarantee you will find a job. Another interesting fact was when interviewing unemployed candidates the amount of them that did not send out cover letters with their resumeâ€™s. The fact was that they would only send out cover letters to the jobs they really wanted while just sending a resume alone to any other job opportunity. Finding a job especially if you have been unemployed for sometime is about fixing your mindset and breaking the negative daily cycle of not working. If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always gotten, so try this to break free from the unemployment cycle. 1) Three days a week get out of bed earlier than usual 2) Make your bed straight away 3) Go for a walk or do some exercise to refresh your mind 4) Get dressed as if you were going to work or for a job Interview 5) Have a good breakfast 6) Spend three hours that morning cold calling or making contact with businesses that are not advertising 7) Apply for some advertised positions after your cold calling By doing this three days a week you will program yourself to be more motivated to find work. Your energy will lift and your confidence will start to climb. If you keep proceeding you will find employment. In Australia most unemployed people on benefits must apply for 20 jobs a month. If you are serious about finding work I suggest the following to increase your odds. Some Quick Advise To Improve Your Chances Of Employment. 1) Have an up to date resume 2) Personalise your cover letter to every job you apply for 3) Contact businesses that are not advertising to look for work 4) If you are not working volunteer some of your time and put it on your resume 5) Email random businesses your resume and ask if there might be a position available 6) Take any job you can until you find the job you want 7) Join an interest group and start networking with business people Hope that helps!