Turns out, not nearly as much as he or she thinks s/he does!

To arrive at this conclusion, we spent nearly five years of research (between 2010 to 2014), collecting and analyzing more than 100,000 data points on what people know about the current and emerging best practices of conducting an effective job search.  Using standardized, validated assessments, thousands of job-seekers were asked a series of questions to expose what they did and did not know about conducting a job search in today’s environment.   Consider the following results, reflected in our Infographic:

  • College students and recent grads averaged 36.6% correct answers
  • Experienced professionals and skilled workers averaged 44.5% correct answers

Technology and technique are both driving rapid changes in job search tactics.  What was a 2013 Top Ten job search best practice may be completely counterproductive in 2015, as LinkedIn’s 2015 Recruiting Trends report demonstrates.  This is a huge challenge for job seekers when you consider that the brand new book on job search making its debut at the local bookstore most likely presents best practices that are two or three years old – and now out of date.

Use of an assessment that reliably measures job search knowledge is a strong first step in diagnosing what an individual does and does not know.  Higher ed, workforce readiness programs, and individual career coaches and counselors can then help him or her close the knowledge gap using curriculum, individual action plans, and staying abreast of current and emerging job search trends through electronic media (like this blog).

So what does it all mean?  Hiring managers, HR leaders, and recruiters all agree that when a qualified job seeker does more of the right things in his or her job search, he or she stands head and shoulders above his or her competition for the job. This leads to more job offers, better jobs, higher compensation, and possibly being placed on a faster track once hired.

Job Search Competence Data 1Q2014

To learn more about our research, the assessments, and how to use them in higher ed, workforce readiness, career coaching and counseling applications, please contact us at boyermanagement.com.