I've been looking for work since last November-ish, on and off, for full-time and contracting positions. I've landed a few freelance gigs and a sales position at new menswear company Trumaker, technically as an independent contractor. So, no regular paycheck or benefits since last October. I love the flexibility of my schedule, but it's also nice not to have to pay for health insurance that I never use, but keep in case I get hit by a bus. Actually being hit by a cyclist is more likely, but I digress.
As a nerdy creative type I've been drawn to data visualization ever since I can remember. I didn't learn the term until fairly recently, but I would examine charts, graphs, and tables in my elementary school text books. They were efficient: all the information, laid out, organized. Not like those messy paragraphs on the other side of the page. Every visualization needs data, so I mined some from my job search. I went through emails and online recruiting portal accounts to pinpoint when I applied, if they responded, and if they did, how long it took.
I chose to keep the companies anonymous, but a good chunk of them are Bay Area startups. Most applications were for creative positions, others were either project management or office administration. The blank space prior to New Years was my holiday vacation, and the other follows my hire date with Trumaker, which makes sense. One company took 105 days to respond to my application, which I had completely forgotten about. More facts:
Average response time: 16.625 days
Average response time (less 105 days outlier): 4 days
Response rate: 50%
Success rate: 12.5%
* I only got one job (contracting) that was what I applied for, the other turned into a separate freelance opportunity.
So what can we infer from this data? Expect to hear from a company within a week, and it will probably be a 'no.' If you don't hear from them, that's probably a 'no' too, but they could just be waiting several months to tell you. I am not discouraged, however, as I move forward. I plan to double my efforts now that I have a clearer sense of what I want to do. Fingers crossed, readers!