Case Study: “True Life: I’m a Millennial Looking for a Job”

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There has been a common theme since April 2012 when I started my blog; if you work hard and don’t take “no” for an answer you’ll find a job. I still do truly believe this but let’s now discuss putting “working hard” and being “persistent” into practice. What does this really mean? It’s definitely not wishful thinking.

Job Seeker Profile:

  • 23 year-old female
  • 4-year college degree from a private liberal arts school
  • Major: Business Administration
  • Student-Athlete and Team Captain her senior year
  • Work experience: 1.5 years

Job Search Statistics:

  • Moved to another city December 1st 2012 after amicably leaving her first role
  • Started her job search prior to this date in October 2012
  • Applied to 29 jobs with 2 call backs
  • Sent resume to 4 people in her network with 2 call backs
  • 9 companies contacted her directly
  • 4 phone interviews
  • 3 first round face-to-face interviews
  • 1 second round interview – led to job offer
  • Hired on January 15th, 2013 and start date is January 22nd, 2013

The scenario above is important to illustrate because it’s a blue print for any Millennial (I would argue Xer’s and Boomer’s can also take some notes on this) for their job search. It’s not impossible.

Here in Ohio there are 4 million individuals who are unemployed. This morning I checked Ohio means Jobs and there are just under 100,000 jobs open. Being a former recruiter, there is the mantra of “it’s a numbers game.” The more you have the better the chances you’ll find the right person. Well ladies and gentlemen can someone please tell me why there are 100,000 job openings, key word OPENings, with 4 million people out of work?

I’ll concede the “it’s becoming a more skill focused job market” argument, sure, that’s fine. Let’s just cut the unemployment number in half then – 2 million are “unskilled.” They don’t qualify. Well my friends we still have 2 million left, to go after 100,000 jobs. That still means there are 20 times as many unemployed individuals as there are open jobs.

Maybe the above job seeker had the x-factor, maybe she is just better at looking for a job than others, maybe she got “lucky”, maybe it’s because it’s January and staffing departments are excited to hire and use their allocated funds. All of these could be true for those of you trying to find reasons other than hard work to rationalize how she found a job.

I challenge you to say, “I can do that too.” Sure, this may be a former teammate of mine and sure, she has an arsenal of “hard work” in her being solely for the fact she played for Coach Venet. I do have a clear bias toward this experience obviously – but take a look at the bullet points above. They speak for themselves. It is possible.

Be educated about job searching, be persistent, and at the end of the day – put in the work.

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