Earlier this summer (for the second year in a row) we did a survey of job-seekers and recruiters to see how each side looks for, networks with, and works with each other to learn how to improve how that process works. This years results were gathered in July and August and feature the opinions of 633 job-seekers, 553 recruiters (264 corporate, 215 contingent, 72 retained) and 119 career coaches / counselors. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing with you some of those results and hope they benefit either your search for a new job or a new employee.
To start things off we will look at the networking process, both online and off as it relates to job-search and recruiting. But before we get there I wanted to take a quick look at the different types of recruiters and how they operate:
The first chart (below) represents where contingent, retained, and corporate recruiters go to meet and network with job-seekers and job-seekers go to meet and network with recruiters.
No real surprise that professional associations are far and away the leader of the pack (if you are not involved in one in your functional area you need to be). Check out the following two articles on QuintCareers, About.com, and JobWeb to get some ideas on how networking in and through a professional associations can pay dividends in your search.
What does surprise me is that one-on-one networking is not used more heavily by the job-seekers that responded. It is important to remember that the vast majority of positions are going to be found through who you know rather than what you know. For more information on professional one-on-one networking check out our previous post on the topic.
The second chart (below) represents where each side goes to meet and network with the other side online.
Again – no surprises here – LinkedIn and LinkedIn Groups lead the way. Facebook, Twitter, and Blogs all fared much better than I thought they would and although not used as much they still do show that if you want to be found or be able to find others you need to be spread out across multiple networks.
For more information on social networks and your job-search check out the following articles on Suite101, Twitip.com, and About.com. For more information specifically on LinkedIn and your job-search check out our previous entry that includes a downloadable presentation from an employee of LinkedIn.
Until next time, good hunting and good luck!