I just read a startling statistic in this Fox Business article:
A new study by Millennial Branding and Beyond.com recently reported that all generations are spending almost their entire time job searching online instead of offline, spending between five and 20 hours per week searching online and using job boards as their top resource.
The study shows 92% of Gen Y only job hunt online, which means they are not using all the tools and resources available to aid their search.
While this last stat is about Gen Y, the study truly suggests that MOST job searchers – rather they’re not employed or currently employed but looking for new opportunities – rely on web-based networking and job position hunting.
But I can tell you from experience that the majority of good jobs are filled BEFORE the job is ever advertised! Now, will networking with people on Linkedin and Twitter help make you one of the people hiring decision makers think of when a position opens – and could that get you in the door prior to the job being advertised? Absolutely. But that’s not the only way to network. And finding open jobs online can often turn into a dead end.
Within the last two months I’ve had four clients find/create opportunities that were never posted before they scheduled a one-on-one, in-person networking meeting. Because of the meeting, a job was either created or a new opportunity arose.
So don’t be afraid to step away from the computer. It really could be the difference in whether or not you land your dream job.