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Majority of Executives Sending Fewer Resumes Over the Course of Their Transition Period, Survey Reveals


LOS ANGELES, Calif., May 28, 2009 – IMPACT Hiring Solutions today announced the results of a survey of more than 120 executives in transition about the average number of resumes they are submitting. Sixty-two percent of the respondents said they are sending out fewer resumes than they were one month ago. The remaining respondents, thirty-eight percent, indicated they were sending out more resumes than they did last month.

The survey also revealed:

- Sixty-two percent of respondents send an average of 1 to 10 resumes per month
- Twenty-three percent send an average of 11 to 20 resumes per month
- Fifteen percent reported sending an average of more than 20 resumes per month

“We suspect the decrease is due to at least two factors. First, there are fewer job openings. The longer the candidate is on the market, the smaller the prospective job market becomes. During the first month of transition, candidates typically send resumes to every potential job opening just to catch up. That only leaves new positions to target, and the number normally decreases over time,” said Brad Remillard, noted speaker, author and co-founder of IMPACT Hiring Solutions.

“Second, candidates give up applying as they become more and more frustrated. Their search is not yielding the results expected and the candidate simply reduces the number of jobs they apply for. However this also reflects a meaningful learning curve -- over time candidates realize that applying for every potential long-shot job is a waste of time. A better strategy is to target the companies and open position that best matches the candidate’s background and experience,” Remillard added.

LA Live Talk Radio Series – “You’re NOT the Person I Hired!”
Remillard will be featured on LA Talk Radio with a series of phone-in programs targeted toward executives in transition as well as those responsible for hiring them. The programs air live on Mondays from 11:00 am Pacific Time to 12:00 pm Pacific Time:
11 am PT, June 1 – “Hiring Managers: What Questions Should I Ask?”
11 am PT, June 8 - “Job Search: Generating Referrals”
11 am PT, June 15 – “Job Search: Engaging with Recruiters”
11 am PT, June 22 – “Job Search: Put on Your Sales Hat”
Previous programs are archived and available at

For a complete schedule of these LA Talk Radio programs, along with free online webinars and teleconferences, click on

Remillard’s Career Blog, featuring up-to-the-minute job search tips and advice, can be found at

About IMPACT Hiring Solutions
IMPACT Hiring Solutions is a nationally recognized retained executive search firm focused on uncovering the mistakes, problems, pitfalls related to finding, assessing, hiring, and retaining top talent. The partners have worked together over two decades on performing over 1,500 search assignments, interviewing over 50,000 candidates, tracking successful careers throughout a quarter of century, and conducting deep research into the fundamental errors that hiring executives and managers, candidates, and recruiters make in the hiring process. This extensive and deep research can be found in their research project, “The Top Ten Hiring Mistakes,” and in their books, “You’re Not the Person I Hired” and “This is NOT the Job I Accepted – Executive Recruiters Share The Inside Secrets How to Reduce Your Time in Transition.” For more information, visit

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