You have probably heard that networking is an important element of a job search, but a recent study has demonstrated just how effective networking can be in landing a job. Lever, a recruitment marketing firm, conducted a one-year source-of-hire efficiency study, with the following results: Companies in the study hired one of every 16 candidates referred to them, a 6.5% chance of being hired. Companies hired one of every 152 candidates who applied through their applicant tracking systems, a 0.66% chance of being hired.
If you aren’t using LinkedIn as part of your job search and career development strategy, now is the time to begin. With nearly 600 million members and 30 million companies in over 200 countries (as of the first quarter of 2018), LinkedIn is the leading social network for hiring by a very wide margin, according to online job search expert Susan P. Joyce (LinkedIn Job Search Guide).
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