Recent data complied by global talent development leader Lee Hecht Harrison has found that candidates may rely too heavily on technology in their job search and that face-to-face networking is one of the most effective tools to finding work in today’s competitive economy.
According to the data, 75% of job seekers found networking helped them get hired, while only 11% found new positions through online job boards during this year.
Peter Alcide, president and chief operating office for Lee Hecht Harrison, said job seekers need to tap into their potential networking resources in order to stand out from the crowd.
While online job boards can help identify opportunities, technology alone isn’t going to result in an offer, Alcide noted. “Job seekers still need a clear plan based on their unique career goals and current market realities, supported by a professional network to help open doors, a strong resume that articulates the value they bring to an organization, and persuasive interviewing skills that will lead to an offer.”
Alcide said that in-person networking and a strong online social profile will help job seekers draw the most attention from potential employers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that there are approximately 3.4 million job openings as of October 2011.