Why job vacancies are often sold out: jobs that nobody wants!

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When job seekers look for jobs in job markets, they are often frustrated. Despite a growing number of vacancies, the selection of really good jobs remains meager. But that is mainly due to the nature of the posts.

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Svenja Hofert hopesSvenja Hofert author and managing director of Teamworks GTQ.


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Jobs for which no one has been found!

The most searched are consultants with often 100% traveling, 2.500 such places there alone at Monster.de. Many positions are limited. Others have requirements that hardly anyone can meet. Dreamjobs are rare.

And for the reason: The jobs in the job boards are usually jobs for which no one else has found. In other words, these are jobs with small or larger stigma. Unlimited willingness to travel is one such, at least for anyone who has spent two years in hotels - but also poor pay, time limit or bad working environment.

The fact that the second-thirds of all posts are never published has been known for years, among others by a survey carried out by the Institute for Labor Market Research (IAB). But this number, according to the assessment of the career counselor continues to grow. Moreover, there are two trends: In addition to the unpopular, there are more and more also highly specialized jobs that land in job markets.

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Generalist jobs go by the wayside

Generalist positions, which are clearly the majority of the entire job offer, are increasingly rare in the form of an ad. Also smaller Company very rarely search with an ad search. Instead, business owners and people-looking managers are increasingly turning on their own network instead of headhunters.

Michael Silberberger, managing director of the seminar provider Semigator AG in Berlin, provides an example of this. Instead of posting on job boards, he recently sent an email to his Xing contacts. In this he promoted open positions in sales, including a description of the good working environment. "The chance of getting suitable candidates in this way is significantly higher than with a normal advertisement," says Silberberger from experience.

Recommendation marketing is always in fashion

The logic behind this: anyone who recommends someone from their network usually knows that person and can not only assess their specialist knowledge, but also their personality - and this is often the most important foundation outside of the specialist world. In addition, employees who have proven to be good employees, usually just such friends and acquaintances. Last but not least, friends would often work much better together than strangers - even in a team. For employers, this form of job search is not only the cheapest, but also the most successful option.

What does this mean for Jobsuchende? Who is socially isolated and also avoids the Internet, gets more and more a problem. The trend that has been shown will continue to increase.

Tips for job search

  • Anyone looking for a new job should always keep their eyes open in their own environment. Through business partners, customers, colleagues, you get more interesting jobs than through job boards.
  • Bring your colleagues the idea to look around their own company and to ask about the possibilities of cooperation!
  • Maintain and maintain good contacts, be it from the internship or an old job. Link to a social network and / or collect contacts in a spreadsheet or electronic address book.
  • Inform your network when you are looking for a job: Personally on the phone the close contacts, on the Internet the more distant.
  • Always communicate what you can and what you are looking for in your network - preferably verbally and in writing.
  • The time in the upswing is always good for speculative applications! These should be designed so that the recipients immediately have a picture of what you can do and where they can be used. It is even better if you can apply “on the recommendation of”. Use the direct contacts in social networks as a bridge to a new contact.

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    That's SMSuperHero-like! Thanks for the interesting tip and the effort! Will be equal to gebookmarket and took a closer look at the opportunity!

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    Hello Mr. Wiesner,
    you see how well the two articles matched, I had not noticed at all! Unfortunately, there is no feedback on the study so far.

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  10. Jörg Wiesner

    Hello Mrs. Janson,
    since I did not know to whom I should address the comment, I had decided for you. ;-)

    The first part of my statement was directed towards the guest contribution by Svenja Hofert. She talks about referring friends in the “Referral Marketing Trending” section - my thought here was that referring good friends involves risks.

    That at the same time an interview with you and a similar topic Zeit Online has been published: Happy coincidence - and I would use my comment for that too.

    Thanks for forwarding the IAB question. It's interesting: I've found several articles on the net that refer to the number “two thirds” - but none of them cited the specific source. I look forward to the answer!

    Many greetings, JW

  11. Jörg Wiesner

    Hello Mrs. Janson,

    interesting contribution and train of thought. Overall, I can agree - with one caveat: In my experience, friends can be divided into two categories. 1. Those with whom one goes well together privately and professionally and 2. those with whom it is best not to work together, one does not want to endanger the friendship.

    I still have one question: You refer to IAB examinations, according to which around 2/3 of the positions are not advertised. can you please send me the title or links - I could not find anything on the IAB website despite searching. Many Thanks!


    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mr. Wiesner,
      short for clarification for other readers: Apparently, the first part of your comment refers to the interview with me in ZEIT ONLINE on the subject of “friendships in the workplace”, which can be found here:
      The second part on the guest contribution by Mrs. Hoffert.
      I would like to agree with you on the topic of friends, there are certainly also differences in that you can work with some friends and not with others. Basically, I'm a little skeptical ...
      As far as the IAB study is concerned, I have forwarded your inquiry to Mrs Hoffert and I hope for an early reply.
      Simone Janson

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