3 job search lies that keep you unemployed

  • Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
  • Updated: September 19, 2011 - 10:52 AM

This may ruffle a few feathers, but your time is valuable, so I'll be blunt: If you've been struggling to find a job for more than 6 months, you may be doing the wrong things to get hired.

This may ruffle a few feathers, but your time is valuable, so I'll be blunt: If you've been struggling to find a job for more than 6 months, you may be doing the wrong things to get hired.

Worse, you may have been given bad information by well-meaning folks who have steered you wrong during your search.

I am here to set things right.

And to offer three Guerrilla Job Search "truths" to get you hired faster …

Lie #1: You can't apply to companies that have a hiring freeze.

Here's the one-word truth that will set you free: Attrition.

You see, understanding attrition can change everything in your job search!

How?

At every company on earth, employees quit, retire, die, move to another state, or get fired. In the United States, employee attrition -- also known as turnover -- currently averages 3.2% per month, according to August 2010 figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, for an annual attrition rate of about 38%.

That means, at a company with 100 employees, about 40 people will leave this year. And 40 more will depart next year.

That breaks down to about three departing employees every month -- 10 every 90 days -- if the company you want to work for has 100 employees.

The bigger the company, the more jobs that will open up every month, despite any hiring freezes, thanks to that magic word: attrition. (Yes, companies may downsize, but they will always have critical openings to fill.)

So attrition is your friend.

Because, when an employer tell you "No," it just means "Not today."

The word "No" does NOT mean, "Never contact us again." Not by a long shot.

And yet, almost 98% of job seekers give up after the first "No."

But not you, right? Not any more. You simply have to find a way to stay on an employer's radar and persist past that first "No."

Lie #2: You can't re-apply to companies that turned you down

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