Job Search By The Numbers

This week we’re discussing some job search metrics that are downright fascinating and too poignant to ignore. This post is not meant to scare or discourage. In fact, we hope that it serves as motivation for job finders to want to become more informed about the world in which they’re looking for work.

So you know looking for a job is hard, but…how hard?

The Competition

  • Although it varies depending on employer, job, location and other factors, the average job gets 250 resumes submitted for it, the first of which is received within 200 seconds of the job being posted. “Boom: that just happened” applies to job search too. And the overall competition is staggering. gets 75K new resumes every month (and that’s just Texas). Monster (nationwide) gets about 425K new resumes every month.
  • How to combat? Research what industry experts can tell you about how to best prepare your resume. And be diligent in your search: The one time you let up might be the one time you miss being first to find the perfect job that just posted.

The Funnel

  • The average online job gets about 1000 views. 200 of those will take the next step (maybe going to the corporate site to complete an app or submit a resume). 100 will apply. 75 will get screened out by the ATS (see: The Modern Resume). 25 will be seen by the hiring manager. 4-6 will be considered. 1-3 will be interviewed. 1 will be offered the job. And 80% of the time that 1 will accept.
  • How to combat? Know what you want. Be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t (and will and won’t) do. Get smart about how (and where) to look for the types of jobs you’re interested in. Network: don’t be afraid to tell people you’re looking. Knowing someone (or knowing someone who knows someone) is still the best way to get a job.

The Review

  • The average resume/application that MAKES it to a hiring manager gets 6 seconds of eye-time. That’s a deep breath. And 4 of those 6 seconds are spent looking at 4 things: job title, company name, start/end dates, and education. That leaves a mere 2 seconds to find something else interesting.
  • How to combat? Even if you don’t like it, knowing can help you better prepare the documents that represent you.

The Error

  • One single error on a resume or application cuts your chances of making it through the screening process by 61%. And listing an inappropriate email address increases that likelihood to 76%.
  • How to combat? Take the time to proof-read, and when you think it’s good let someone else read it. And think ahead: Don’t use a social email address for a professional engagement.

The Rest

  • Even with all this, a resume or application still only gets you an interview. And even if you do everything right, the odds aren’t in your favor.
  • Good news is employers post jobs with intent to fill them, which is why it’s so important to learn, to apply, and to adjust. Get smart about looking for a job, give yourself every chance to be successful and you will be.

If you need any help, please contact your nearest workforce solutions offices. Good luck.

      * Thanks to our friends at for the help with this research.

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