So, what does this have to do with job applications? Depending upon how you are seeking job opportunities, you might be surprised to know that jobs can be filled before you even knew they were available.
Let’s take a look at a couple of examples:
- On jobs internet websites, I have heard numerous times from employers that after an initial short period (sometimes 1-2 days) after their job is published, they receive a large number of responses and simply stop checking new applications.
- Employers work with placement companies in a variety of ways. Some employers inform the placement companies at the same time that the job becomes available, while others try to fill the position on their own and transfer it to recruitment companies only when the job is proving difficult to fill. In the second case, this can mean that when you as a job seeker see the job advertised by a recruiter, it can have been on the market for some time already with a stream of candidates already in process.
The faster you get your application in, the better your chances are to get considered for the position. Do not put off applying for jobs that are suitable for you!
Do what you can to hear about jobs as quickly as possible. If you are using Internet based sites, check then once a day. For companies that you are targeting, visit their website jobs page regularly.
Most importantly, get access to the jobs before they are publicly available, to reduce the competition. And how is it possible to do this – by networking! Not only are many jobs not publicly advertised ever, but even those that are sometimes only see the light of day after the company has engaged in more discreet methods of recruiting. For those interested in reading more about networking, you are welcome to visit the archive page of my blog, where there are a number of articles on this critical subject.
Happy job hunting, and try not to get burned by those falling stars.