Lies, damn lies and statistics. As if we weren’t already scared enough, recent studies about the job search make you cringe.
First, job seekers don’t know how to behave during job interviews, then they aren’t qualified to write resumes. Throw in bad content on social media channels and how we suck at networking, and anxiety begins to take over.
While there are many reasons the job search may unnerve you, there are plenty more reasons why you can overcome those fears and get ahead of the curve. For example, here are 10 statistics related to the job search that are certainly intimidating, but can easily be overcome:
1. Something Almost Every Job Seeker Fears: The Job Interview
Research shows 92 percent of Americans are afraid of at least one major component of the job interview process. Whether it’s nerves, the wrong qualifications, difficult interview questions, being late, or not being prepared… everyone is scared of interviews for some reason or another.
But you don’t have to be. Go into your next interview with confidence by doing lots of research and practicing tough questions. The prep work is half the battle, and usually the cause of all the anxiety.
2. Job Seekers Review Job Postings for One Minute Before Applying
This is not a good way to determine if the job is something you actually want to do, or if the company is where you want to work.
Put some more effort into this kind of decision. Learn more about the company, compare the job description to your resume; take your time. When you put more effort into reading the posting, you can better demonstrate your fit for the position in your application.
3. 42% of Employers Will Reconsider a Candidate Based on Social Media Content
Be careful what you tweet: every potential employer is watching.
Key things to avoid posting include profanity, grammatical errors, and to be on the safe side, references to alcohol use. To begin a positive relationship, show some passion for your career by posting blogs by influencers within your industry.
4. ResumesMake or Break Your Opportunity for an Interview
In fact, nearly 60 percent of employers said the most common problem with resumes are typos. Additionally, 36 percent said resumes most resumes are too generic and don’t seem personalized for the position.
It’s really easy to fix these errors. First, personalize your resume to each job opening by matching your background to keywords from the job description. Then, get a friend or two to read through your resume for a spelling and grammar check. It’s so simple!
5. Salary Negotiation
Even though 45% of employers expect to negotiate salaries for initial job offers, almost half of job seekers accept the first offer given to them. You’re not doing yourself any favors if you let this go!
Do some research to decide what you think you should be earning and make sure you get it. A good number of employers will work with you… if you negotiate first.
6. Only 1.5% of Employers Expect Hiring to Get Less Competitive
This means almost all of them anticipate more competition in your job search over the next year.
Do not let this scare you. There are lots of ways you can stand out from your competition. Work on your personal brand, expand and reach out to your network, connect with employers on social media, and pick up some extra skills through internships and volunteering. Most important: Determine what makes you unique and emphasize it in every interview.
7. Over 60% of Working Adults Worry About Losing Their Jobs
So many of you are scared, but unemployment doesn’t have to be the end of the world.
If you find yourself laid off, use the time to volunteer, take a class, or pick up some freelance work. As you look for your next job, you can say, “Yes, I lost my job, but look at all the things I did as a result.”
8. Being Overqualified
Surveys show 75 percent of twenty-somethings think their skills exceed those of an entry-level job. However, it’s not the end of the world if you feel like you can do better.
Accept the job you are offered, and use it as an opportunity to excel. Speak up in meetings, volunteer to lead projects, and pitch innovative ideas. Even if you feel overqualified now, you can easily set yourself up to advance to something more.
9. 64% Are Nervous About Gen Y Leading the Workforce
Whether you belong to the Millennial generation or not, it’s time to realize all the things Millennials can bring to the table. Between their knack for technology and their unlimited creativity, Millennials are prepared to be the future of the workforce.
Get used to it. Embrace the coming change. And show your employer you can thrive in a diverse workforce.
10. Only 14% Are Currently in Their Dream Careers
While it may be a bit deflating to accept a job that’s not ideal, you should be open to the idea anyway.
Even if a job is the complete opposite of where you saw yourself, you might find a new path leading to your dream job, or even discover a new dream altogether. Be open to uncertainty… and new doors may open.
Sure, all this data is intimidating. Without a doubt, you can read yourself into a depression. However, you’ll be surprised what you can accomplish when you let go of these fears. Take them head on… and greatly improve your confidence level, and your job search.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Glassdoor!
About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a Glassdoor career and workplace expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets. Follow Heather on Twitter!