Article Bookmarked
Bookmark Removed

The Job Search Strategy That’ll Make You 15 Times More Likely to Be Hired


Nov. 29, 2018 The Muse

If you’ve been applying to opening after opening and not getting any bites (read: interviews or offers), it could be because referred candidates are snagging the roles first.

While you’ve no doubt heard that it’s all about who you know when you’re looking for a job, that’s more true than ever. A recent Jobvite article shared data showing that referred applicants are 15 times more likely to be hired than applicants who apply via a job board.

Crazy, right? Well here’s another fun fact from their 2015 Recruiter Nation survey: Nearly 80% of recruiters noted referrals as the best way to find quality hires, and this figure has remained consistent.

What does this mean for you? Well, for one thing, it cements the importance of networking, but it also makes it abundantly clear where you should be putting your efforts (hint: into meeting people who work at your dream companies). You can pull this off more easily than you think.

Put the word out there that you’re looking for a job. (Literally, send this email to your friends and and family.) Ask them to connect you with anyone they think can help and would be willing to spend time speaking with you. You never know who you’ll meet who might one day have the power to connect you to an awesome opportunity. Be persistent. This isn’t the time to let your nerves get in the way.

If that doesn’t turn up any leads, you still have another option before you send your resume into the abyss: Go on LinkedIn and find people who work at the company to connect with (and you can use these templates to make your life easier). Ask questions about the organization, their role, and the one you’ve got your sights set on. Many companies offer referral bonuses to employees so they’re usually happy to submit your name once they know how awesome you are are.

And more often than not, you’re going to find that your request to forge a connection, to have a conversation, is well-received. I, for one, have found it to be true, and, as a result, I’ve always responded in kind, happy to help in any small way I can.

Read More on The Muse

Gene Upshaw Player Assistance Trust Fund

Apply Today

All Resources

Tell Me More

Difficult Conversations Can Jump Start Company Innovation

Save everyone’s time and cut to the chase. Morale and productivity will improve as a result.

Read More

Why Inclusive Leaders Are Good for Organizations, and How to Become One

Start by knowing the six traits of an inclusive leader, and then how to employ them in your managerial style.

Read More

Mistakes Happen: Lean on Your Professional Community and Recover From a Career Misstep

Most people make a career fumble, and half found that owning up and apologizing helped remedy the mistake.

Read More

How to Work When You Really Don't Feel Like It

Need help overcoming procrastination? Just do it! You’ll be thankful.

Read More

Very Low Cholesterol May Increase Stroke Risk

Very low LDL and triglycerides may be harmful to your health.

Read More

Self-Evaluation and "The Four B's"

What do you see when your are evaluating yourself?

Read More

How to Keep Your Insurance Premiums Down After an Accident

Take the right steps after an accident to save some money each month.

Read More

7 Things You Need to “Spring Clean,” Besides Your Home

Think beyond your physical space, what else could use some freshening up?

Read More