Networking Is Key In Finding a Job or Job Candidate, Says New Poll
What's the most popular way to
find jobs - or employees? According to 2001 survey conducted jointly by
the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Careerjournal.com, the
answer is networking.
The poll, conducted by the
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and CareerJournal.com, the
executive career site from The Wall Street Journal, found that the same
search strategies are used to great extent by HR professionals and job
According to the poll, 95 percent
of each group use personal contacts and networking to find job candidates
or a job. Both groups considered this to be the most effective tactic.
Other strategies used extensively by both groups were:
- Internet job postings
- Print newspaper ads
- Employee referrals
Forty-eight percent of job
seekers reported using places of worship as a search tactic, with a 22
percent effectiveness rate, but only 24 percent of HR professionals report
doing the same, with just a 6 percent rate of effectiveness.
Job seekers apparently go to
greater lengths to find jobs than HR professionals seem to use to find job
candidates. Throughout the poll, each of the tactics received higher usage
rates by job seekers than by those doing the hiring. For example, 36
percent of HR professionals and 69 percent of job seekers used open
houses; job hotlines were used by 30 percent of HR professionals and 67
percent of those looking for jobs.
The poll included responses from
566 HR professionals and 439 job seekers.
To view the full report, visit www.shrm.org/surveys