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No Help Wanted sign doesn’t necessarily mean don’t apply

Posted on November 2nd, 2011 Read time: 1 minutes

A common fallacy unemployed people subscribe to when searching for full-time, part-time or temporary worker positions is to not contact a company if they don't see any openings.

However, a recent CareerBuilder survey revealed that it may benefit workers to inquire about open positions they feel qualified for regardless of whether the company has posted any job openings.

The poll found that 43 percent of employers continuously recruit for positions that may not currently be open but could become available down the line. These employers found that this method reduces their time-to-hire, with 41 percent seeing an average reduction of three weeks.

Furthermore, 41 percent stated that this form of recruiting cut down on cost-to-hire, with 22 percent revealing savings of $1,000 or more.

"More than one-in-four employers say they currently have positions for which they can't find qualified candidates," said Hope Gurion, chief development officer at CareerBuilder. This fact may provide the unemployed with renewed hope and offer an alternative job hunting method.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate remained at 9.1 percent in September, and has lingered between 9.0 and 9.2 since April.  

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