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EP 1544 The facts about networking and finding work.

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The question I received was, "How important is networking. When looking for a new job?" Let me give you the facts; you make the decision.

When you look at the statistics on how jobs are filled, you see some interesting things.

#1 is (I have to say these 1st numbers are not accurate for reasons I will point out to you) 3% of positions are filled as a result of responding to job ads. 20% of positions are filled as a result of recruiters. Now, I have seen statistics a little bit higher in the little bit lower for both of these. The way I look at it is that recruiters sometimes advertise. So I decide to do is combine the 2 numbers and send an almost 30% of positions are filled as a result of recruiting and advertising. The balance are filled as a result of networking. Let's break networking down even further.

It is not just and 70% of positions are filled as a result of networking. 70% of the 70% (or 49%) are filled as a result of introductions to people that you did not know at the beginning of your job search. Almost 50% are filled that way! With almost 3/4 of jobs filled as a result of networking, you have any doubt? Thus, when you only work with recruiters can only respond to job ads, you are taking the least effective route to finding work.

Now, I'm not saying that networking is easy. For most of you, networking is like getting a root canal without anesthesia. I know it is very unpleasant to many of you. So much of life involves confronting things that we find uncomfortable and doing better at them. At the beginning, you will probably be awful at it.

However, this is a skill that you can develop over the course of your career in order to ensure that people reaching out to you about opportunities.

Networking is critical, not just simply in this job search, but in every job search that you have from this point on. That is because if you are networking the right way and not just simply when you are looking for a job, if you doing it consistently so you are building your network, jobs are going to be coming to you, people are going to know about you, and they will be very happy to hear from you.

Always be networking.

Let me repeat that.

Always be networking. It is the key to career advancement and finding new work.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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