I'm unemployed and looking for a job right now. Job hunting is pretty much horrible. Every day, I go onto Craigslist and read the latest job postings, in hopes of finding a job that would be good for me. Here's how the job listings break down:
85% = jobs that don't apply to me. These would be jobs like "electrical engineer" or "crocodile hunter", in fields I know nothing about.
14.9% = jobs that vaguely apply to me. These are jobs like "secretary". I've never been a secretary, but I can answer phone calls and take notes.
0.1% = jobs that directly apply to me. These are jobs in fields I have actual experience in, such as eBook editing.
So every day, when I go through a hundred job postings, I can only find fifteen or so jobs which look like jobs I can possibly get. It depends on the day; sometimes I find ten and sometimes I find twenty. Not bad, right?
Wrong. After narrowing down the want ads to fifteen or so "possibles", I begin to look at each "possible" in depth. They break down like this:
60% = jobs which I cannot get, because the "necessary requirements" section includes things I don't have, such as a PhD or five years of experience or epic rap battle skills.
20% = jobs with deliberately misleading descriptions. You know, I listed it as a "possible" job because I thought it was a technical writing position, but it was actually a chemical engineering job in disguise.
20% = jobs which I can legitimately apply for, with a chance of getting.
So really, each day, there are two or three jobs which I might actually get. I tinker with my resume, so it looks as good as possible for that job position, then I send it in.
95% = don't ever contact me. I have never, ever gotten a response from the dozens of receptionist or administrative assistant job listings. I can only presume that trolls put them on Craigslist, just to mess with me.
5% = contact me with a generic "we got your resume, and we will look at it" message. Then they don't ever contact me again.
All in all, if I get one callback in a week, that rates somewhere between "good" and "above average" for me. Sometimes, the callbacks lead to phone interviews, which sometimes lead to actual job interviews. Not often, though! Usually, the company will call back twenty people, then give phone interviews to ten, then give real interviews to five, before deciding which person to hire (i.e. the one who is related to the boss). The difficulty doubles with each level.