How to get fast work
I was desperate, I had been looking for work for more than 3 months through the hundreds of portals that exist on the Internet: infojobs, infoempleo, monster, etc.
I had registered in each of them, had filled out my profile, attached my CV and requested at least 3 different jobs each day. My results were almost nil. Two or three calls in a month, and only one interview. At that rate, I was going to throw away months to get a jobs.
I was on the verge of throwing in the towel, I had studied a university career and it seemed to be useless. No one answered, and nobody seemed to value what he had achieved. I started looking for a job outside of Spain, but the results were the same, nothing.
There had to be some way to get a job fast, but surely, I did not know her. It was then that I discovered the “Pareto Law”, and how thanks to it, I changed my way of looking for a job, and began to get results.
What is the Pareto Law and how does it work?
The first time I heard about the Pareto Law was when I read the book “The 4-Hour Workweek ,” by Tim Ferriss .
The Pareto Law, also known as the 80/20 Rule, was enunciated for the first time by the mathematician Vilfredo Pareto, who through observation and empirical knowledge, formulated that 80% of the wealth, held 20% of the population.
This principle has also been observed in politics, the consumption of energy resources and even in telecommunications networks. More recently, the 80/20 Rule has been applied to various professional fields, such as software engineering, financial auditing or even other fields such as personal productivity.
The Pareto Law in all these fields is applied as a method of optimizing resources to obtain faster results.
Basically, the 80/20 Law helps us identify 20% of the actions that cause 80% of the results.
The Pareto Law is tremendously useful as a method of personal productivity, because it forces you to be radically ruthless with everything that makes you waste your time. It forces you to look not only for efficiency, but also for the effectiveness of your actions.
How to get a quick job applying the 80/20 Rule:
My job search method (possibly similar to yours), was based on sending resumes indiscriminately, and on tracing all the job portals in search of job offers where I could fit, and even if it did not fit, I also sent my resume , A perfect way to waste my time!
So when I read about the Pareto Law, I realized that my job search method was not only inefficient (it consumed 5 or 6 hours a day), but it was ineffective (it did not give me any results).
In my case, the Pareto Law was fulfilled perfectly:
- 80% of the time I wasted it sending my CV to job offers for which I had few or no options to get a jobs interview.
- 20% of the remaining time I used to send my CV to offers for which I did have some option (they were more suited to my profile).\
Applying Pareto again, for every 10 job offers that did fit my profile, and those that had sent my CV, they called me 1 or 2. Again 80/20.
Pareto allowed me to discover that I was wasting my time: if I sent my CV to 100 job offers, for 80 of them, I had no direct option to get the job, and for the other 20, I would get at most 2 or 3 job interviews.
This was a revelation, and for that reason I decided to be more selective when sending my CV to job offers. I was really sending my resume to a multitude of job offers just for the sake of feeling good, and telling myself that I was trying, and that I was not guilty of finding myself in that situation.
And, although the 80/20 Rule allowed me to reduce the number of hours I spent looking for work (it allowed me to be more efficient), there was still a problem: my job search was still not very effective: now the problem is that there were no offers of enough jobs to get more job interviews.
From looking for work to hunting work
Now the question I had to answer was: What are 20% of the actions that allow me to get 80% of job interviews?
Something, nothing easy to answer when you follow the advice of most of the employment websites. Tips like changing the type of letter of my CV, or the format were a waste of time.
Do you really think the director of a company is going to select you just because you used Times New Roman instead of Arial? Do not make me laugh, that’s completely irrelevant.
That’s why I decided to focus on what really mattered:
- Create a winning curriculum
- Create effective cover letters.
- Use the employment websites efficiently.
- Create my personal brand
- Going to hunt my work instead of looking for it.
And that’s precisely what allowed me to get results quickly. It is what allowed me to design a system of “job hunting” that has worked not only for me, but for many others.
During this last year I have been able to help dozens of people to get a job in different countries of the world, and I have shared it in this blog.
If this article has been useful for you, share it with those people you think you can help.
By David García: Caza tu trabajo