Example Resume : Organisations which adhere to strict equal opportunities guidelines will, in most cases, advertise vacancies. These tend to be the larger institutions which have the resources and expertise to recruitment.
Now you have a brilliantly effective CV and you know how to write a covering letter that will stimulate the interest of the reader. But there is another important piece of the jigsaw to consider.
TAPPING INTO THE UNADVERTISED JOB MARKET
Many people limit themselves to using their CV only in response to advertised vacancies, completely ignoring the hidden job market. I say hidden, because of the startling statistic that:
75% of jobs are never advertised.
Most people seeking employment concentrate their efforts on only 25 % of the pie! (The exact figures are difficult to come by, but it is commonly accepted that around three quarters of jobs available are not advertised.)
Why is this?
Jobs are not advertised because….
It is a time consuming business….
Jobs can be filled internally.
They may have a file full of CVs already.
The cost involved is too high.
Selection procedures are not reliable. They may not end the right person anyway.
Companies are swamped with applicants.
They may not want competitors to know they are recruiting.
So the main advantage to a company not advertising a position is that they save time and money.
Organisations which adhere to strict equal opportunities guidelines will, in most cases, advertise vacancies. These tend to be the larger institutions which have the resources and expertise to recruitment.
What to consider when you make a speculative approach?
You are at the front of the queue.
The queue may not be very long.
You have demonstrated initiative.
You have to contact a lot of companies to increase your chance of success.
You must get used to rejection.
You must get used to hearing nothing.
There is one factor which I believe will contribute to our success….
In other words:
Making contact with the right company at the right time
However, there is a saying which I have found to be true.
The more I do…. the luckier I become….
Making speculative approaches can be time consuming. Yet as we do more, we increase our chances of success.