What Are Your Resume Stats?

Ever looked at your job searching statistics? For example, how many resumes do you send out per email response and how many of those result in an interview. Job seekers can do this on their own with simple tools like Google docs or Excel to track more effectively the way in which you use your time job-searching.

The patterns will likely be striking. If you aren’t receiving enough replies or phone calls back you should really consider rewriting your resume and have it peer-reviewed by someone you trust. Statistically speaking, you should receive calls for interviews from every twenty to thirty resume you send out. If you are falling below these benchmarks you can use your job search empirical data to find weaknesses. Getting a lot of interviews but no job offers? Reevaluate your attire; rethink your strategy to answering the most apt question you’d been asked in the recent month and think about how you can change your messaging in both your in-person approach and written resume.

By learning the craft of controlling your image and regulating the information that you disseminate to potential employers you will drastically increase your chance of employment. Once you understand these subtle secrets you’ll certainly have an advantage over the competition.

Post-Interview Thank You Notes

Thousands of acceptable job seekers with great resumes, top-notch interview acumen, and coveted recommendation contacts still get turned down from the job offer and many recruiters point to the “Thank You Note” as being the critical component in showcasing yourself as a person.

A lot of common courtesies have gone by the wayside in this new, modern, ultra-fast work environment, but a thank-you note after an interview shows character, personality and exemplifies legitimate thanks that your interviewers took time out of their busy schedules to speak with you. In fact, 82% of employers and recruiters agree that a Thank You note is critical follow up after the job interview.

Although simply writing a Thank You note will not secure the job opportunity for you, it is certainly an easy follow-up task that could make or break your opportunity for employment.

Age Discrimination

Older workers have always found it much more difficult to land a new job after a layoff. Part of it is psychological and part of it remains that older workers are more expensive and are stubborn about matching or surpassing their previous pay with a new job.

This job market is frustrating for everyone, but especially frustrating for them. According to the Labor Department, unemployed workers 55 or older were jobless an average of nearly 30 weeks, compared with about 21 weeks for those under 55. Additionally, the jobless rate for those 55 and older rose to 7 percent, the highest it has been since 1948.

Unfortunately, there is not much older workers can do besides put the economy in perspective, maintain discipline and flexibility during the job hunt. To avoid appearing out of touch, it may be wise to brush up and become familiar with the latest technologies and social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.