Looking For Work And Where To Find It
The following is based
on data found in http://telecomcareers.net,
a web site for people in the telecommunications field. In their
survey, in two separate questions, they asked what people used
as their primary source of job searching (look for), and from
what source they finally found their work (find).
It is interesting to
note that nearly 50% of the jobs were gotten through personal
contact even though only 20% of the people employed personal contact
as their primary method of job searching.
More than half of the
people who responded to the survey used the internet as a primary
source of job searching, but only 15% got their jobs through the
I suggest that these
results may give you an idea of how you should proportion your
efforts in job searching. Use all job searching tools at your
disposal, but concentrate where the success is:
- Spend about 50%
of your time making contacts and talking with people.
- Spend about 25%
of your time working with a recruiter.
- Spend about 15%
of your time on the internet.
- Spend about 10%
of your time reading a newspaper
- Attend job fairs
as they come along.
This survey was conducted
in March 2001, and the responders were primarily technical people.
However, I do not think that the percentages would vary that much
with time or in other industries.