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08/10/09
Networking Still Trumps Everything Else
Filed under: Job Search
Posted by: site admin @ 6:28 am

In job search, it remains the number one way that folks find their next jobs. I’ve been preaching this to clients for years (decades!). And here’s some new backup data: “According to the 2009 Executive Job Market Intelligence Report, executives are more likely to have updated their profile on a public networking site (71%) than updated their resume in the last three months (60%). However, when asked to identify the most effective activities for creating and identifying career opportunities, posting a resume in an online database and maintaining an online profile trailed networking by a wide market.”

Here’s how the stats break out for each of the top five job-search activities used at the middle- and executive-level tiers:

#1 - Networking (70%)
#2 - Responding to Online Job Postings (14%)
#3 - Posting Resume in Online Database (5%)
#4 - Maintaining an Online Profile (4%)
#5 - Researching Target Companies / Cold Calling (3%)

So if you’re actively job seeking and currently unemployed, you should be spending at least 28 of your 40-hour ‘job-search work week’ in active networking (not passively sitting at your computer posting to the job boards).

Sources: Career Management Alliance E-Bridge #475 (8/10/09 Newsletter) and https://www.myresumeagent.com/tipsandtactics_article.php?ch=20090723_ECSNMRA

– Jan Melnik, MRW, CCM, CPRW, President, Absolute Advantage, and Career Management Expert, Career Thought Leaders Consortium #ctls
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