Networking top source of jobs: Survey

Just 3 per cent of jobseekers found jobs through newspapers
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/09/2010

Networking continues to be the best source of new job opportunities, according to a new study by Right Management.

The poll of 888 Canadian jobseekers who found a job during the first half of 2010, found 42 per cent of them found the opportunity through networking. This is a slight decrease from 45 per cent in the first half of 2009, but is still the number one way jobseekers are landing jobs.

The decline is probably due to the rise of Internet job boards, which accounted for 23 per cent of new jobs in 2010 compared to just 13 per cent last year.

“Career experts have long known that networking is the best way for finding suitable employment,” said Liz Grant, career management practice leader for Right Management in Canada. “And the new data confirm it, although they reflect shifts such as the continuing decline in classified job ads.”

The reliance on networking is also driven by the growing role of social networking, said Grant.

“Online networking sites vastly expand the reach of classic person-to-person networking. More people may be contacted and old friends and acquaintances found. All professionals, whether those in transition or fully employed, now have to regard online networks as an essential part of their career management and development efforts," she said.

Source of new job


First half of 2010

First half of 2009

Networking

42%

45%

Internet job boards

23%

13%

Agency and recruiters

15%

9%

Direct approach (cold calls)

9%

9%

Newspapers and periodicals

3%

13%

Other

8%

11%

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