The Single Most Effective Job Search Strategy

By Ross Macpherson, President, Career Quest

Generally speaking, want ads (including online job boards) represent about 15-20% of available jobs. Positions available through professional recruiters and placement agencies likewise account for about 15-20%. So, where do the other roughly 60-70% of available jobs come from? You've heard it before - networking!

Think about it. If you connect with 20 networking contacts, and each contact provides you with only one job lead every two weeks, that's 20 jobs every two weeks that you may never have heard of otherwise. Effective networking allows you to have a whole team of people helping you find the right position. Remember, it's often better to use the efforts of 1% of 100 people, than 100% of 1 person.

Now, to those who naturally "shmooze", networking can be a thoroughly enjoyable process, whereas to others, it can be a burdensome, even terrifying prospect. Not to worry - effective networking is really quite simple. Here are a few tips to help you become an effective networker:

Effective networking is a fundamental component to the complete career marketing package. By all means, review the want ads, check out the online job boards, send out targeted resume campaigns (we can help you with this), and network, network, network!

You'll be thrilled with the results!

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Ross Macpherson is the President of Career Quest, a Certified Professional Resume Writer, and a Career Success Coach who has helped thousands of motivated professionals advance their careers. To receive more valuable career advice, sign up to join his monthly newsletter "Career Quest Café" by visiting