Thursday, November 15, 2012

Stand Out, by the Numbers

You've probably heard me nagging you at one point or another about the "Seven New Job Search Basics," whether I've used exactly this language or phrased it slightly differently.

Here's a blog post that suggests why doing the stuff that should seem like common sense actually will make you a stand out in your job search. You'll see brief descriptions of what these are, how and why to do them:
  1. Internship
  2. LinkedIn
  3. Professional Organization
  4. Value Proposition
  5. Informational Interview
  6. Expertise
  7. Thank-You Note
But what's really eye-popping is how few job-seekers actually follow through with them.

I'm not sure how the statistical data were gathered--I find it mind-boggling to think that only 1 in 100 people sent a hand-written thank-you note for an interview! (Maybe some of the 99 others sent email? texted? one can hope...) But if this portrait of job-seeking America is only slightly on the money, then you can see how doing the simple, obvious stuff can seem extraordinary!

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