Those that find themselves looking for work in this tough economy have no doubt asked themselves the following question, “How do most people find work? Is it through networking or numerous job applications off job boards?”
I can tell you that I did get a lot of leads from my network. However, dedicating time every week to apply to at least 10 jobs off job boards is what ultimately paid off. But is my experience the norm? Well, according to someone who has a hand in the Boston Globe’s Career Makeover section told me the following, “…one stat that said in a tough economy there can be as many as 700 resumes for one position…[and] based on my experience with my own clients, it’s always, always networking that has landed them their jobs. I can’t think of one that landed an opportunity (not in the last 5 years, anyway) who did so through a job board. I’ve found job boards to be helpful for research – but relationship-building trumps applying for jobs online.”
So what should you do? I suggest, as do many others, making the job search your full time job and dedicating half your time to building relationships and the other to job boards. Perhaps there is also a way you can bridge the two together. I.e. download the LinkedIn toolbar so that every time you search for jobs it will show you who you could possibly know in the company!
What did you do today?