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job search productivity

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I recently ran across an article that was covering a long-term job search, and the productivity to date.

This topic is incredibly important. I just talked with a job seeker who was being coached to focus on the keywords in her resume and having a good LinkedIn profile. These are both important things, but it was all she was focusing on. That initial search method was over a month ago. So I asked her what kind of results she’s seen so far, and her response was not much of anything.

Why is this not working?  Because it’s taking a passive approach to the job search, assuming  someone will FIND YOU. And so you focus all of your energy and strategy on documents and profiles. But as was the case with this girl, it was yielding no productivity.  Data tells us that passive approaches result in around a 7% success rate!

Ask yourself if you see real productivity in your current job search strategy. If the answer is no, you have to take a more active approach. Go find connections. Set up meetings. Talk face to face.

As Marva Collins said, “Success doesn’t come to you. You go to it!”