A Friend of Yours Knows A Friend of the Hiring Manager!

 “When considering even the most distant Facebook user in the Siberian tundra or the Peruvian rain forest, a friend of your friend knows a friend of their friend.”

 I’ve blogged, pleaded, begged, and implored the virtues of word-of-mouth job-search. Here are the new stats from The New York Times:

  •  Six Degrees of Separation Exists No MORE!
  •  It’s 4.37 degrees of separation in the U. S. More than half of the people in the U.S. older than 13 ARE on Facebook.
  •  It’s 4.74 degrees of separation internationally.

 Even when it was six degrees, in job-search, important hiring manager contact consistently happened in two-three degrees of separation.

The bottom line- Why?

  • For employers, word-of-mouth job-search is a financial windfall, i.e. no headhunter fees, advertising, handling floods of résumés, etc.
  • For candidates, word-of-mouth job-search gets your foot in the door quietly and professionally even when there is no apparent vacancy. You can create a job or, at least, be there when the vacancy occurs.

Only eight job-search techniques exist, word-of-mouth job-search exponentially produces more of the work you want than the other seven techniques combined.

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