Re: The odds of finding work through job ads
A few days ago at a local trade fair, I found myself holding forth on job hunting techniques to some grad students who will be entering the job market in the next months (these things happen to me; don't ask why - probably a big mouth and a bigger ego). I repeated the idea that looking through ads wasn't the best way to find work. My rationale was that, no matter how good your qualifications were, whenever you apply to an ad, you have lots of competition and can get lost in it.
Somebody asked if I had any statistics. The only ones I had at hand were my own. I've had 28 clients and employers in the last eight years (mostly clients). Out of those, only three came through answering an ad - less than 11%.
That sounds like fairly good proof to me, but I'm only one person. So, I wonder: what are other people's stats for finding work through ads? I"m especially interested in hearing from people who have been in the business a long time, and/or have done extensive contracting; obviously, someone who has only held one job - however it was found - don't have a good sampling.
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