What Does It Take to Be One in a Hundred?

08.08.2017 |

Episode #1 of the course Ultimate guide to landing a job by Infobip


We all go through at least one job hunt during our lifetimes, and no one really enjoys it. It can be lengthy, unpleasant, and disappointing. This course is all about showing you a better way of doing it, “working smarter, not harder.”

Firstly, competition is intense: a recent study by Lever Research estimated that, on average, one candidate in every hundred is hired. That gap grows with the size of the company, making the odds even more formidable.

How Can You Increase Your Odds of Landing a Job?

As recruiters, we often see candidates make common mistakes that keep them from getting the job they want—maybe even the job they would actually be quite good at! That’s why we decided to pool our internal knowledge and let you see the process through the recruiter’s lens. Our goal here is not to help you find just any job, but rather to enable you to find and get your perfect match.

This course will break down the job search process into three logical stages, each of which has a number of steps that might surprise you in terms of their complexity and detail. Over the years, we’ve seen many candidates skipping steps, so we have tried to elaborate on the importance of each one. Sounds intimidating? Complex? Don’t let that scare you. The earlier you start actively building your career, the more of a head start you will have—and there is no better or more logical place to begin than at the beginning.

So, here are the three stages of the job search process:

Stage 1: Find. Abraham Lincoln once said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Good preparation is essential to deliver results.

Like in any project, defining your goal is key for success. What do you want? Is that opening the right one for you? It’s a difficult question, and you might surprise yourself with the ultimate answer. This is often the most neglected step. Many candidates skip it and jump straight into applying for jobs. If you do that and miss this step, you may find yourself lost in a lengthy, aimless job search process with no perfect match for you in sight. The crucial task is to filter information and get a clear picture of what you really want.

Stage 2: Apply. Most job seekers today have heard about the importance of searching for information on the company and tailoring the CV. There is much more to this step than you might be aware of.

Stage 3: Score. You’ve got an invitation to the interview? In your mind’s eye, you may already see yourself in your new role. For you, it’s THE interview. For your recruiter, it is just “an” interview, one of many and just a start. You have managed to pass the first filter, and this is the part where you have to convince your interviewer that you are the right fit for the job.


Time Investments

The recruitment process was initiated because of the need to solve challenges, whether it is new projects or too much workload on a current team. The interview is the time and place where you can dig deeper into how you can help solve their challenges and get across your passion for the position.

Most of your time will be spent in research and preparation. An estimate of the time spent on each stage would look like this:

Before we drill deeper into these three stages, our next lesson will focus on busting some common career myths.


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