EP 1623 I answer this question and the bigger one, “What is the best way to find a job?”

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So today's question is, which is a better website to look for job openings? LinkedIn? Indeed? Why does it have to be a choice? Seriously? Why do you have to choose between the two?
It's not as though with indeed, you can't set up an intelligent agent to deliver jobs to you. It's not like with LinkedIn, it takes that much time daily to look. But, the fact of the matter is, you could be using both to find open positions. But there's always "the but" in my answers.
The but is job boards only fill 6% of all positions. Recruiters fill 22% I know a lot of recruiters use job boards to get candidates. So let's just combine the numbers, let's say it's 30% of all jobs are filled by job boards and recruiters. The rest are filled as a result of networking, and specifically networking to people that your relationships know who you don't know.
As a matter of fact, the way the statistics break out as 70% of positions are filled as a result of networking. And 70% of those 70% (or 49%) are filled as a result of introductions that your network makes to people that they know who you don't. So that's really the sweet spot in the market.
It's about, in effect, your second level connections, to use the LinkedIn terminology to the people who your network knows who you don't. That's almost half the positions are filled that way . . . you're squabbling over whether or not Indeed or LinkedIn is a better tool.
Now LinkedIn can be the tool to get to those connections and a conversation with people you know, it's actually the best way. But be that as it may, you have to choose here you're operating with a very fixed mindset as though jobs are filled by job boards. They are one of many, many tools.
And if you focus on that one, you are going to have a job search that takes a lot longer because you'll be waiting for people to be contacting you. You are gonna be waiting for the right ad to appear instead of doing stuff proactively that causes people to want to reach out to you.
Again, your network is your net worth. If you ignore that, you're going to have a very slow and tedious career and, worse, a tedious job search.


JeffAltman, The Big Game Hunter
JeffAltman, 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 1600 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. JobSearchTV.com was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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