“The job-hunt is behaving differently now than it used to. Things have changed. Dramatically.”
Getting a job is not as easy as it used to be - the length of the average job-hunt has increased dramatically over the last 10 years. This is due to several reasons: employers have changed the way they fill vacancies, new technologies are causing some jobs to be obsolete, etc.
Employers view the job-market as an elimination game, whereas job hunters view it as a hiring game. This means that employers try to eliminate all possible choices for a job until they are left with the “last person standing”. This is because they want to reduce the risk of hiring someone who doesn’t work out for them. Therefore, these are the ways a typical employer prefers to fill vacancies, in order of preference:
1. Hire someone within the company. For example, an employer may promote a full-time employee to the vacant position, or hire a former temporary worker for full-time work.
2. Hire someone who has proof of what they can do. For example, a photographer with a good portfolio.
3. Hire someone based on word-of-mouth. For example, an employer may hire someone a trusted friend of his recommends.
4. Hire someone through an agency.
5. Hire someone who answers an advertisement for the job vacancy.
6. Hire someone through a resume.
Effectively hunt for jobs.