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What Works in Job Search?

Q.  Hunt, hunt, and hunt. I've been job-hunting almost a year and have lost hope of getting a job as good as the one I was laid off from. So what can I do? I'm worn out writing resumes, going online, and making cold calls.

Ans. Sometimes taking a survey that looks at what works can help the rest of us. IMPACT Group did just that in its "Candidate Tracking" survey, and the report looks at what's effective in today's crazy market among different job search techniques. They worked with 700 IMPACT Group candidates that landed jobs from July 2009 to January 2010.  Contrary to much popular opinion, posting resumes online brought only 8% chance of success in finding the next job. It hasn't changed from 2003 when people began doing that. Referrals from both inside and outside the organizations brought the best results. Executive recruiters seem less effective in this recession, while the social networks, like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter seem helpful. Give them a try.

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