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Job seekers use computers to search the Internet for jobs at the East Bay Career Center February 2, 2006 in Oakland, California. According to a government report, U.S. unemployment benefits claims dropped to about 273,000 last week, sending a four-week average of claims to the lowest level in nearly six years.
With an 8.3 percent unemployment rate in the U.S, it’s not uncommon that job searchers are now taking to unorthodox methods to snag a job and beat out other applicants. But does anyone know the competition they’re up against? HR representatives and recruiters are swamped with applications, what does it take to actually land a job, or even an interview?
Eric Auld, a partially-employed 26-year-old with a master’s degree went to craigslist, an internet classifieds website, to find the answer. Auld decided to post a fictitious employment ad for an administrative assistant position in Manhattan to see the range of candidates that typically applied for jobs. “At 2:41P.M. on Friday — exactly 24 hours after I posted the ad — there were 653 responses in my inbox,” Auld wrote on Thought Catalog, where he posted his findings from the experiment. Auld said the test left him with one mantra in his job hunt, “No matter how much you want this job, there are 652 other people who want it, too.”
Has Craigslist helped you? Do you just apply to as many listings as possible?
Eric Auld, contributor to McSweeney’s and Thought Catalog, lecturer in English at SUNY Adirondack in Queensbury, NY and Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield, MA