Job Hunting Report 2020

Since 2012 we’ve been meticulously collecting data on what works and what doesn’t on the job market from an experienced candidate’s perspective – we are the only player in Europe that does that. Thanks to the analysis and consequent insights each year, we are better equipped at advising our C-suite clients.

Interpreting stats is ever more important in a world that continues to be VUCA – why? Without proper research, most executives meander in frustration from interview to interview, if they were able to land one in the first place. Our KPI-driven approach allows us to effectively help experienced candidates navigate the labyrinth that is the job market.

2020 was definitely a VUCA year – unexpected, dynamic, unpredictable, intense, unprecedented, difficult to navigate, exhausting… and for some rewarding or career-boosting. The one thing that is true for everybody: it accelerated trends and decisions.

For the impatient, click here to download the full Job Hunting Report 2020.

Source of accepted job offers” is the single most important KPI that we track, because it shows the efficiency of job hunting channels. In other words, it tells us what’s worth spending time and effort on when looking for a new job. The results for 2020 are as follows:

  • 32% efficiency for Speculative Introduction – in previous years, that meant contacting 60-90 companies directly; in 2020 candidates had to reach out to 90-120 firms to get expected results.
  • 23% efficiency for Networking (strategically using your current network and building a new one).
  • 19% efficiency for Executive Search Firms (contacting the most relevant headhunters)
  • 26% efficiency for Job Ads (applying via published job ads) – that’s the highest ever! Up until 2015 none of our executive clients found a job via this channel!

This is a big deal. 26% of our senior clients accepted a job offer that was generated thanks to applying to a job ad. In most cases, an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) was behind it. That shows two things:

  • Technology has invaded the job market for the C-suite that most thought they were protected from.
  • Adjusting your CV to each and every job ad makes sense and pays off.

And here a couple of examples of what we did in 2020:

  • we conducted 837 Career Consultations – 112 more than in 2019!
  • we completed 4828 tasks for our clients – 1333 more than in 2019!
  • we crowdfunded outplacement support via PayPal
  • we brought together career coaches and advisors across Europe to deliver 200+ free sessions for affected professionals
  • we organized 2 editions of free webinars in English and Polish – 32 hours of high-quality and practical material for 1000+ participants – and we released recordings on YouTube!
  • we delivered 73 lectures / webinars / workshops and trained 3500+ people, incl. HR professionals and board members!

Click here to read the full Job Hunting Report 2020:

  • pages 2 & 3: a month by month run-down of how we, as a company, reacted and adapted to on-going changes
  • page 4: client statistics and KPIs
  • page 5: deliverables
  • page 6: B2B resources
  • page 7: resources for experienced managers & executives
  • page 8: analyzed data on the job market for Europe, the Americas, Africa and the 20 biggest economies

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