CareerXroads, a staffing consulting agency, states 27.5% of external hires come through a referral – making referrals the highest source agent for external hires. Match this information with the chart above: personal connections are a primary source of hires, but today’s job seekers devote 9% of their job search time contacting friends, family, and networks to find work.
It is impossible to do everything – everyday we make choices and allocate our time, resources, and energies. Ideally, these choices are driven by our personal priorities. When on the job hunt, one needs to prioritize time/energy/resources – but from the chart above, it appears many are not allocating their time to the most effective avenues.
I don’t want to come across as being critical, but if someone told me that 30% of winning lottery tickets had the number “37” selected, I would play “37” all the time. We hear over and over that the most effective method in finding a job is networking, but individuals put so little effort in this technique and are often discouraged with the lack of initial results.
Networking is not easy, it takes time to develop relationships, it may feel like one is making little progress – but it works. In the past few weeks, there have been several positions posted on the ND job site, many had “A preferred candidate has been identified” listed in the job posting. That tells me that if one wants a job in those departments, a candidate has to network as some applicants are beating the competition before the job is even posted. By the time the online job seeker could apply, the networker had already impressed the hiring manager.
Not sure if this chart/blog entry will strike a chord, I know the networking drum gets beaten all the time and people are tired of hearing it. Still, at some point the facts have to sink in – if you don’t spend time networking, you are eliminating yourself from a healthy percentage of job openings. Or, will today be the day you buy the lottery ticket and choose “37”?