The job search can occasionally feel as effective as chucking a stack of resumes off of a seaside cliff. No doubt there’s more than one discouraged applicant out there feeling that they’re as likely to hear a response from a hiring manager as they would be to get a “do you mind?” from the ocean down below.

Job seekers can’t help but ask “how many applications does it take, on average, to land a job?” Unfortunately, we don’t have the hard science right now to give you a straight answer on that topic. But we can tell you why you’re having so much trouble. There are plenty of factors that are contributing to your applications disappearing into the void.

Our recent research found that only 13% of job applicants were given a job interview. And of those that managed to make it to the interview process, only a few people were offered a position. That puts your chances of landing the average job you apply for at less than 2%.

First, let us explain why most resumes end up in a black hole.

What Gives?

The average HR manager spends less than 7 seconds looking at the average resume. And they’re looking at your application with “no” on their minds, trying to find any reason to disqualify you. This is only after the hundreds of resumes have likely been picked over by a bot that scrapes resumes for appropriate keywords and chucks the ones it finds unsatisfactory.

The odds aren’t in your favor. But they aren’t in anyone’s favor, if we’re being honest. Does that help?

What To Do About It

We’re not here to help applicants wallow, we’re here to give them hope. After all, finding the right jobs for the right people is what we do. You need to bump up your application anyway that you can. Here’s a few quick ways that you can game the system to make sure that your resume lands in the lap of an HR manager and might even catch their eye.



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  1. That this company had to shut down might give some indication as to why so many applicants, to use TalentWorks’ expression, “wallow.” If the experts knew how to guarantee applicants would get a job, then those particular experts would be rich. Because so many millions desperately NEED (let alone “want”) jobs. US figures show the number of job seekers exceeds the number of available positions–and this has remained so over the past thirty years of data collection. The problem is there are far too many seeking jobs relative to the jobs available. Other selection criteria (like the search for a living wage job…) exacerbate the already unfavorable success odds.

    Other research shows that, thanks to how common it has become for applicants to have at least one university degree and at least some certification or an internship, the expectations for even low-pay entry level positions have sky-rocketed, worsening competition. But instead of addressing the problematic dynamics at the core of the job problem in the US, most of us accept the worsening problem and just scramble to try to adapt to it.

    We don’t need new technology. We need a new system that works for the average American. If a job is a survival requirement (to acquire money to pay for survival needs like housing…), then every American who wants a job ought to have one.

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