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January 19, 2009

Graduating Students Beware: The Least Effective Ways to Find a Job (Part II)

Submitted by Steve Klubock


To counter our last segment, Steve offers recommendations for students and professionals by examining the comprehensive, 360-degree approach to find a better position faster.


1. Networking for Job Leads from Family, Friends, Community Members, and Alumni

This method is 2.5-8 times more effective than job seekers’ best odds when using the first four most ineffective ways of finding a new position. With a soaring 33% success rate in comparison, it proves that proactive methods work!


2. Knocking on Doors of Employers of Interest

Whether they have a known vacancy or not; we should encourage our candidates to pound the pavement. “Old school”, traditional methods work, but most don’t use this approach because they don’t have the gusto to get themselves out there. Yet this technique scores a 47% success rate.


3. Conducting a Career Search in the Un-Advertised Market

Individuals who research companies using commercial research databases, read business newspapers looking for opportunities, and attend networking events are making these resources work for them! And, they’re having a lot of success doing it — 69% of seekers are finding positions by putting in the time to search for the opportunities as well as reading interview strategy and résumé writing books to prepare for professional meetings.  They have the right idea, but it will take them quite a bit of time to execute the process. Learning the in’s and out’s of the market and finding the companies and contacts with whom to network all on their own can turn into a lengthy trial and error process (without professional assistance) but they are definitely on the right track.


4. Consulting with a Team of Career Experts

Working with a team of certified career coaches and certified résumé writers to help professionals establish a career plan and ensure their competitiveness on paper, clients achieve an 84% success rate.


Graduating students must become aware of the inherent obstacles upon entering or promoting within the job market. By understanding what is most (and lest) effective, your time can be channeled more effectively.  This in no exact science, but there are keys to succeed. 



  1. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is so hard to find a job in this economy and now I know the do’s and don’t. Both Part one and two of the least effective way to find a job taught me what I need to concentrate on to find that perfect job!!

    Comment by Tanya — January 21, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

  2. Tanya,

    Just remember, there are no perfect ways or fail-proof methods of finding and securing a job. My best advice is to use a common-sense approach and always (I mean always) display professional respect and courtesy. When you have specific questions, do not hesitate to ask.

    Comment by careersi — January 22, 2009 @ 12:28 am

  3. Wonderful piece of advice.Thanks a lot Mr.Steve Klubock

    Comment by Jacob — February 28, 2010 @ 4:41 am

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