Regardless of where you are in your career, a job search can take a lot of time and energy. But it can take even more time if you don’t know how to align your job search with where the hiring managers are looking. Consider the following statistics: 67 percent of workers surveyed say they most frequently search for work through online job boards, especially job boards like Careerbuilder and Monster. However, only 20 percent of hiring managers say they use these types of job boards when looking for top talent. This means there’s a mismatch between where the jobseekers are and where the hiring managers prefer to look.
Clearly, referrals of any nature offer a competitive edge to getting noticed. But how do you go about getting one?
Job boards can be useful job search tools for candidates. However, to truly gain a competitive edge in your job search, use a holistic approach that brings you closer to where the hiring managers are looking by tapping into the power of referrals and recruiters.
Survey methodology: The 2015 Hiring Manager Research (U.S./Canada) was conducted by RDA Group on behalf of Kelly Services. Over 1,000 hiring managers in the U.S. and Canada were surveyed. Participants had direct hiring responsibilities for talent in healthcare, engineering, finance and accounting, IT, and scientific fields. Results represent a cross section of industries and career disciplines.
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Sources:Kelly Services 2015 Hiring Manager Research2014 Kelly Global Workforce Index™http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/5-ways-win-employee-referral-hired/
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