Current and future job seekers, pay attention!
Here are some surprising numbers you may not know about your job search:
- 20 seconds: That’s the average time an employer will look at your résumé before forming an opinion and either putting you in the “promising candidate” pile or ruling you out.
- 75 percent: That’s, at least, how many employers will Google your name before deciding whether to hire you. It’s probably a low estimate.
- 80 percent: That’s how many jobs are filled on the “hidden” job market – positions that are never advertised online, in the newspaper, with a “help wanted” sign in the window, or anywhere else.
So in a tough job market, your task just got tougher: How do you make a quick, convincing, and compelling case for yourself as a job candidate? How do you make sure your Google results give a prospective employer a complete picture of your skills and experience? And what if the perfect position for you isn’t listed on any job site – if you can’t find the job, how do you make sure the job finds you?
WGU students have access to a tool to help them address all those challenges with an online résumé.
Do you have an online résumé? What do you think about this new necessity for job seekers?