12 Arrows that Need to be in Your Job Hunt Quiver and the Definition of Insanity


According to Dick Bolles, author of “What Color is My Parachute” there are 12 ways you can find a job.  Larry Humberstone, who had volunteered with the OCN as a Career Counselor, you should be using at least four of them at any one time.  If one is not working for you after a couple of months, drop it and try another.

What Color is My Parachute…

Here are the 12 Job Hunt Tactics or “Arrows”  you can use and their effectiveness:

  1. What Color is Your Parachute 2015.Job Postings on the Internet – Monster.com, Careerlink, Career Builder, etc. Only a 4% success rate. It is a tactic, but not a very effective one.  If you find a job posted, see if you can find a way to network into the company.
  2. Posting or Mailing Your Resume to employers. 7% of the time this will be successful.
  3. Answering local newspaper ads. Depending upon the market this may yield a 5%-24% success rate. Still many employers are finding out that help wanted ads are not working either as people are not subscribing to the paper.
  4. Going to Private Employment Agencies. This method will yield a 5% – 28% success rate.
  5. Answering ads in Professional or Trade Journals. This method works about 7% of the time.
  6. Job Clubs. Usually only a 10% success rate.
  7. Going to Federal or State Employment Offices. This works about 14% of the time.
  8. Going to Places where Employers Pickup Workers. Particularly in the skilled trades and union halls.  This works 22% of the time.
  9. Asking for Job Leads. This method works 33% of the time.
  10. Knocking on the Door of Any Employer, Office, or Manufacturing Plant. A 47% success rate.
  11. Using the Yellow Pages. This is where you call a potential employer about work opportunities or schedule an informational interview. Works 65% of the time in landing a job.
  12. The Parachute Approach. Works 86% of the time.  You will need to read the book.

Job Search Not Working?

If you find yourself still looking for work after 6 months, maybe it is time to re-evaluate how you are going about your search.  If you have not invested in getting Dick Bolles book or borrowed a copy from the library, maybe it is time you did.

At our meetings we often talk about how you need to network to land a job, and that by far is a key part of the parachute approach. We say the other tactics are fine to include in your job hunt, but if they are only successful less than 10% of the time, why are you spending 90% of your time doing them???

The Definition of Insanity

Albert Einstein is credited to have said, “The definition of insanity is trying the same things over and over and expecting different results.”

This can certainly be applied to your job hunt.  If a tactic is not yielding results, it is time to try another.  Hey 99% of the people looking for work keep doing the same things over and over. Be part of the 1%.


About OCN

Jeff Quandt is an Inbound and Digital Marketing Strategist and owns On-Q Marketing LLC. He helps the members of the OCN through understanding their personal brand, how they have to market themselves as the solution to a hiring manager's problem, and offers a personal LinkedIn Counseling session for any member of the group. Jeff is a corporate refuge that has been laid off several times, so he is very familiar with the job hunt process, the ups and downs, and the success at the end of the tunnel. Keeping a positive attitude with the end goal in mind is crucial to a job seekers success. Today as a business owner, he is constantly looking for work, he knows the process well and it makes no difference if you work for someone else or yourself, you need to be the solution to someone's problem to get paid.