What percentage of jobs would you guess is filled through connections and networking?
My uninformed opinion, before reading the stats, was that approximately 50% of positions were filled this way.
The real number? Anywhere from 70% to 85% according to a number of studies and surveys.
“At least 70 percent, if not 80 percent, of jobs are not published,” Matt Youngquist, the president of Career Horizons told NPR. “And yet most people — they are spending 70 or 80 percent of their time surfing the net versus getting out there, talking to employers, taking some chances [and] realizing that the vast majority of hiring is friends and acquaintances hiring other trusted friends and acquaintances.”
I must admit that this quote got my back up at first. As someone who’s lived with bouts of social anxiety, I know firsthand how hard it can be to just get out there and take some chances.
But when you think about it, there are so many different ways of “getting out there” nowadays. And LinkedIn and other social networks have made it easier and more comfortable to connect.
But you still do need the motivation to take a tiny risk and say hello.