When on a job hunt, you always have the following questions:

  • How likely are you to get hired?
  • Are there still enough jobs in your profession? This is where job searching statistics can help you a great deal.

As recruitment environments evolve, the nature of job hunting has to change with the crazy times we live in. With the current socio-economic uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, both employers and employees have to adapt in order to keep the economy intact.

Generally, I don’t write about statistics, but right now I believe that some stats will empower your job search.

  • 76% of all resumeswill end up unread and rejected due to an unprofessional, non-work-related email address.
  • Over 82% of HR agentsbelieve the employer’s brand is what attracts top talent.
  • 3% of a company’s talent-hiringwill eventually be attributed to the overall quality of its website.
  • 74% of employeesseek employers that value diversity in the workplace.
  • 8% of global employershave trouble finding talent to recruit.
  • The IT industry will likely provide atleast 5 million new jobs by the end of 2026.

The unemployment rate climbed sharply within the first two months of the pandemic, reaching 14.7% in April 2020. This figure has surpassed the unemployment rate during the first two years of the Great Recession.

However, it took only four months before the unemployment rate went below 9% in 2020 compared to the two-and-a-half years that it took during the Great Recession. 

So, what can you do to get your dream job?

The beginning of the year (January and February) is a great time for getting hired in most industries. In fact, it’s probably the best time to look for jobs all year in most industries.

January usually starts slowly as people come back from holiday vacations but by the second week of the month, things are running smoothly.

February is a peak hiring time.  Most jobs have been updated and new jobs have been posted to the job boards in January.

February is the month to put the most effort into your application and to communicate with your network with companies that you want to work with.

Start with these easy steps:

Dust off that resume

Write down your job must haves

Create your targeted company lists

Set job alerts for when your desired companies post openings

Create your contact networking list and craft your email message

Send out your resume

The later you apply for an open position, the stiffer the competition you will face.

I can help you stay ahead of the competition. Reach out to me at cindy@cindyfassler.com and let’s get started with your January strategy so you can be working in February.