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Job Search Stats That Matter

A recent CareerXroads survey looking at the sources of new hires came up with some interesting results:

  • Internal transfers and promotions were the source of 51% of all full-time hires in 2009, up 19% from 2006.
  • Referrals account for 26.7% of all external hires, and yield an average of one hire for every 15 received.
  • Job boards and corporate career sites accounted for 22.3% and 13.2% of new hires respectively, 35.5% in total.
  • Third party recruiters accounted for 2.3% of all external hires in 2009, down from 5.2% in 2005.
  • 2.3% of external new hires were people who walked in the door.

So what do these numbers tell us? That we need to have a strategic job search mix. Jobs come from various places, so it’s important to have a variety of approaches! You can read more on why the numbers matter here.