Why spend most of your time on methods that produce the least

Welcome to the Job Search That Works Podcast. I’m  your host, Ray Gooch. Over the next 30 – 40 minutes, we will answer your questions about how to navigate the challenges of looking for new job landing you quickly and safely into a career you love with a bright future.

In today’s episode, we are talking about  Ten of the Best and Worst ways to Look for a Job. I really do like #10 the best. I’ll tell you why you should too.

Highlights From the Previous Episode

But before we do, in our last show, episode 002, we talked about the Top Ten Reasons You Are Not Finding a Job.

We also spoke with Joe Murawski, an Executive Recruiter and owner of Focused Hire. He shares the greatest mistakes candidates make while pursuing a new job. If you missed it, you can listen by going to JobSearchThatWorks.com/002.

On This Episode

Ten of the Ways to Look for a Job … and Why I Really Like #10

Thanks to a 2009 article by Bottom Line Secrets, here’s a quick list of ways to find work along with the odds of getting a job using them from Richard Nelson Bolles, author of What Color Is Your Parachute.


MethodOdds of Success
#1Mailing out résumés/submitting or posting résumés online7%
#2Responding to ads in professional or trade journals7%
#3Responding to ads on Internet Jobs sites10%
#4Responding to ads in the local newspapersbetween 5% and 24% depending on your salary requirements
#5Working with a private employment agency or search firmbetween 5% and 28% depending on your salary requirements
#6Networking for leads33%
#7Knocking on doors unannounced at employers of interest47%
#8Calling companies of interest that are listed in the local Yellow Pages69%
#9Partnering with other job hunters70%
#10Taking inventory of yourself then targeting the employers where you ought to be working86%



Out of all the ways to look for a job, the least productive are blanket mailing out resumes, responding to ads in professional or trade journals and responding to ads on Internet Job Sites. The most productive ways to find a job are calling companies in the yellow pages, partnering with other job hunters, and the most effective at 86% … taking inventory of yourself then targeting the employers where you ought to be working.

Something to Ponder

“What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.” – Albert Einstein   Thank you for spending time with me today. I truly appreciate it. You can find the show notes including any links and references mentioned today at www.JobSearchThatWorks.com/003.

What are your thoughts?

Let others benefit from your success … What methods of getting a job have you found to be most effective? Share your thoughts in the comment section of the show notes.

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