But what if we told you that looking for a job is kind of a numbers game? Furthermore, what if we told you that you actually gave up way too soon?
You may roll your eyes in disbelief. You may think, “I already got rejected too many times. This must be indicative of how this job hunt will go for me.” Fortunately for you, this couldn’t be further from the truth – and we’ve got numbers to prove it.
You’re Probably Overestimating Your Chance of Rejection
A recent Stanford article reports on statistics stating that people give up too soon before asking for a favor. Simply put, we’re afraid of rejection. The interesting part, however, is that people tend to overestimate the chances of their requests being denied. We’re also more likely to overestimate the chances of being denied if we’ve been rejected in the past.
What does this have to do with your job hunt?
You may incorrectly assume that it’s more difficult to find a job than it actually is. Furthermore, if you’ve already been turned down for a job it would be easy to assume that no one wants to hire you.
In reality, the only thing previous rejections suggest is that you may need to be more proactive and widen your pool. Take a look at your current plan of attack for your job hunt and ask yourself some of the following questions:
- Are you waiting for recruiters to contact you on LinkedIn or are you reaching out to them yourself?
- Are you relying on job boards or are you looking for jobs on the company’s corporate website as well?
- Are you only focusing on social media or are you also using the phone to call job leads? (vice versa also applies here)
- Are you contacting people in your network or are you waiting for them to contact you?
There are many different layers to the job hunt these days which allow you to expand your reach. The key is to make sure you’re actually using them while being as proactive as you can.
It Takes Several Points of Contact to Land a Job
If you happen to be in sales then you may have heard the common phrase that it takes an average of seven touches of contact to close the deal. Your job hunt is no different; you must make several points of contact before you are finally hired.
So here’s the million dollar question:
Are you consistently following up with employers, leads, recruiters and contacts your network?
If the answer is “no” or you’re just not sure, consider creating a system that reminds you to follow up with your contacts periodically. For instance, you can set follow up reminders on Google Calendar and Outlook to remind yourself.
Oh… and if you feel like you’re being a pest by following up, get over it.
You have something to offer a company and it’s your job to make sure they know it.
The moral of the story is simple: don’t give up too soon. Otherwise, you may miss out on great job opportunities.
For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Chameleon Resumes!
About the Author: Lisa Rangel, founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website, has helped hundreds land the exact job they wanted. A former recruiter, she is a 7-time certified resume writer, job search consultant, and one of the few resume writers performing resume and job search-related work for LinkedIn. Lisa has been featured on Forbes, LinkedIn, Investors Business Daily, and many more publications. Follow Lisa on Twitter!