SOURCE: AA-Careers

December 15, 2009 15:07 ET

650 Job Applications for Single Admin Job

AA-Careers Analysis Shows Remarkable Lack of Job Hunting Skills Among Unemployed

SANTA CLARA, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - AA-Careers, a leader in premium job hunting services, announced the analysis of 650 applications for an administrator position. Remarkably, all these applications were received in just one week from a single job posting on a popular job board. 63% of the applicants were easily removed through triage.

The key statistics:

--  Over 29% of applications had at least one spelling mistake
--  17% of applications had poorly written, missing, or completely
    inappropriate cover letters
--  44% of resumes had a very vague objective unrelated to the job being
    applied for, resulting in immediate elimination.

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"In this time of 10%-plus unemployment in the Bay Area, there's a remarkable lack of skill in job hunting," said Edwin Pollock, President of AA-Careers. "We realized we could personally help only a very small number of job hunters, so we've created Job Hunting - the Blog as a free resource where any job seeker can get access to some of our proven techniques for job hunting."

Pollock, who has personally critiqued thousands of resumes, has been in the job hunting and career consulting field since the 1970s. He adds, "the core of a successful job hunt remains the same today -- but the tools have improved dramatically. While online job boards have created much more visibility for jobs, they've created massive competition for the job seeker."

About Job Hunting the Blog

Job Hunting - the Blog ( is a free, online resource for Bay Area job hunters, providing resume writing tips, hiring trends, interviewing tips, and links to many online tools for job hunters. Unlike many existing resources, Job Hunting - the Blog is written by an active, 50-year human resource veteran and is designed specifically for job hunters in the SF Bay Area and Silicon Valley.

About AA-Careers

AA-Careers is a provider of premium job hunting and career consulting services for professionals, featuring a comprehensive service model. These services include establishing career objectives, resume development, career campaign development, a personal career consultant, weekly campaign meetings, and a suite of web-based career marketing resources including weekly updated contacts and referrals from our client network. For more information, visit our website at

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