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It seems to be cut and dried: you stand more chance of getting a job if you already have one. There’s a lot of anecdotal and statistical evidence to believe it’s harder to get a job when you’re unemployed. But being out of work needn’t be the end of the world for your career chances. In fact, it can actually be an advantage.
It’s well established that hiring managers will think better of you if you’re already employed. They’re looking for good workers, and good workers tend to be in employment. They’re looking for stable personalities, and it’s the impetuous who quit their jobs first and look for a new one later. And if they’re on the look-out and you’re already in the pool, they’re more likely to find you. It stands to reason.
Statistically, employed people get the breaks. A Columbia University survey showed that almost half of job offers in a four-week period went to people in employment – but more than half of these went to people who weren’t even looking for a job!
Unemployed people received just 16 per cent of the job offers in that same period, despite making 40 per cent of the applications.
It’s possible, however, to see things from another angle. Ignoring the pitfalls of job hunting when you already have a job (attracting the wrath of your boss and colleagues, for example, or allowing your efforts to find work affect your productivity) being unemployed needn’t be the end of the world for your career chances.
First of all, let’s look at the statistics.
As far as anecdotal evidence is concerned… well, it’s anecdotal. There is no evidence that a hiring manager will immediately dismiss your application because you’re unemployed. In fact, it would be a rather foolish one who did so.
There are many valid, reasonable and common reasons why a person should find themselves unemployed. If their qualifications and experience match the requirements of the role, they should stand as good a chance of filling the vacancy as anyone else. More so if the company are looking for someone to start immediately.
The percentage of job offers to the unemployed is considerably lower than to the employed. Yes, but the unemployed make about four times as many applications – they have the time and the need to do so. This means that unemployed people are probably attending more interviews and thus increasing the chances of getting the job offer.
When your ‘job’ is looking for a job – and if you take it seriously – then you are going to be a lot more focused than someone squeezing job hunting in between other professional tasks.
What the evidence does appear to show, however, is that employed people tend to show more confidence in interviews. They’re not dependent on the job for their security; they aren’t making so many applications; and can spend more time tailoring each application to the role advertised. As such, they come across as relaxed and knowledgeable.
The important elements, therefore, when job searching when unemployed are to be prepared for each vacancy you apply for.
Tailor your CV and covering letter to the role. Do your research on the company and the job – make sure you have the right answers and (importantly) the right questions. Make it clear that it is THIS job and no other that interests you.Attend the interview with the attitude of someone who has a job – relaxed, confident, and certain that if you don’t get this one, you’ll be fine.
Yes, it’s true. People who are employed do have the edge when it comes to getting interviews and job offers so don’t be too keen to hand in your notice too soon. Stick it out as long as you can and apply for work from your current position.
But if you do find yourself out of work, don’t despair. The statistics only tell half the story. By being a professional job seeker as you are a professional in the workplace, your qualities will come through.
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