How Did You Land Your Last/Current Job? (POLL)

Lisa Rangel ran this poll on LinkedIn

The results are in and most job seekers found their current/last job through networking, with 48% of the 484 votes choosing this option.

So there you have it. While this isn’t a scientific poll and I admittedly got away from promoting the poll to get more votes, these results fall more or less along the lines of what past sources of hire studies have shown that networking (which i define as social media connections, personal contacts, employee referrals, and downline degrees connections) is the best way to find a job.

What do you see in your circles as the most common way job seekers are landing jobs? 

And what do you think of sources of hire studies? In the past, I have reviewed sources of hire studies each year by SHRM , SilkRoad TechnologyCareerXroads (although CXR hasn’t done a SoH study in a while and Gerry Crispin writes in 2019 if the SoH discussion should be revisited. See article link in the comments) and others SoH studies.

The results from these studies vary in specific percentages, but the meshing of these formal studies show about 60-65% of hires happen through networking, 20-25% of hires happen through job boards (with being the runaway favorite in this category) and 10-15% of hires happening through third party recruiters.

With all this said, I see career changers not finding roles through job boards and 3pty recruiters as much as networking, so these numbers would be skewed for these types of job seekers. And if you are looking for something that’s the next step in your field, you might find your numbers admirers towards recruiters helping or a better reply status from job boards since your background has naturally included keywords.

I think Gerry is right in his post below that the SoH study idea has become muddy since the initial point of entry of a candidate into the recruitment process is so varied nowadays depending on the candidate’s background, the job at hand, etc. But it’s still helpful for internal recruitment departments to track what’s working for them and it’s important for job seekers to know what works best in the general market to make custom adjustments for their job landing plan


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I wrote:

When I still was interviewing people for the Job Search Radio podcast, I interviewed Dave Opton, the CEO and Founder of Execunet. Dave said that their statistics showed 70% of positions were filled as a result of networking and of the 70%, 70% of them (or 49%) came as a result of introductions to people your network knew whom you didn’t. So, Lisa Rangel, when I see the poll results, I look at it as an outlier. LinkedIn claimed pre-pandemic that 80% were filled through networking but I don’t recall the sample size they used. One thing I also know is that some recruiters use job boards so there is an overlap in those numbers where someone says “recruiter” but the introduction to the recruiter came through an ad on a job board. Thanks for creating a provocative poll. 


Lisa’s company is Chameleon Resumes


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