Looking for a job in a global pandemic was not fun at all and I don’t recommend it at all to anyone to experience. Having been made redundant in May 2020 I made the immediate decision not to look for a job in 2020 knowing that it would be a car crash. My decision was vindicated from hearing all the stories about working in lockdown. Bullet dodged…
Made redundant. 13/05/2020 – Day 1 of being jobless. No idea what’s going to happen next, take it in my stride. Good time to upskill and I will be happy with contract work for next 6 months or so. What is for sure it’s going to be messy world so good time to get out
— DIPESH SHAH (@mrdipeshashah) May 13, 2020
Redundancy was not all bad, all things considered:
Some stats as its my last day of redundancy
• 392 days of redundancy
• 277 days of working days redundancy
• 108 applications in 100 days
I have actually enjoyed the last 12+ months all things considered. Done more than I had planned. Now ready to go kick ass from tomorrow
— DIPESH SHAH (@mrdipeshashah) June 8, 2021
Now to dissect the numbers behind the applications.
From starting the process on 4th Jan 2021 it took me 100 days when I accepted my next opportunity.
Insights from the 108 applications:
No of applications made split by month:
- 34 applications in January
- 32 applications in February
- 27 applications in March
- 15 applications in April
Deep dive into the applications:
- 47% of applications were done directly on LinkedIn
- 25% applied directly on the website
- 28% sent direct emails
- 61% of the applications were direct which is either a form of LinkedIn, Email and Direct on website to Brand or Agency
- 27% came via recruiters which is a form of LinkedIn and Email
- 12% came through someone I know which is a form of Email
From the 108 applications, there was a 77% drop off or 23% success in the terms of replies back from the applications made.
- 48% of email replies led into intro calls
- 43% of calls led to interviews
- 40% of interviews leading into final round interviews
- 76% of applications I did not receive any form of feedback
- 42% there was no feedback at interview stage
- 75% did not feedback at final round stage
My role that I accepted came via a LinkedIn application, not for the role I applied for.
The biggest bug bear from this whole process is the lack of communication at any stage.
Looking for a job is now a full time job in it self.