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Tips: The Numbers Game

Tuesday, February 9, 2016





 Looking for a job in general and trying to secure a Clean Tech job in particular requires you to play what I refer to as “the numbers game.”  This means that the more opportunities you find and more importantly, the more jobs to which you APPLY, the more you increase your chances of getting interviews, 2nd interviews, and so on to the point where you receive offers.

Too many job seekers (especially engineers and analytic types) make the mistake of trying to network their way into companies or of trying to craft the “perfect” online application.  You don’t have time for this.  While you’re tinkering on the sidelines, other candidates are on the field interviewing for jobs YOU could get simply because they’ve introduced themselves to prospective employers via applications.

This advice applies to networking and looking for informational interviews. Be thoughtful, but don’t succumb to paralysis by analysis.

 You only need one job, so fire away and win the numbers game.


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 Dan McGrath has 9 years of recruiting experience, the last 4 of which have been with Clean Tech clients and candidates.  Most recently he was the in-house recruiter for Suntech America, Inc., a subsidiary of the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels.  Dan lives in San Francisco, has an MA in International Relations from Boston University, and speaks fluent Japanese.  He's also an avid bicycle commuter.