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Meet hiring people face-to-face

You have a better chance of getting the job if you meet the hiring people person-to-person, but job boards and networking are starting to catch up.

That's the report from Right Management. The firm analyzed job data on the nearly 60,000 individuals throughout North America to whom it provided career transition services over the past three years. Right Management is the talent and career management expert within ManpowerGroup, the world leader in innovative workforce solutions.
Traditional networking was the source of new career opportunities for 41% of job candidates last year, while Internet job boards accounted for 25% of new positions landed. 
"The job search is changing and some approaches are losing ground to others, but classic, systematic networking continues to be most effective way to find suitable employment," said Carly McVey, Right Management's Vice President of Career Management.

"Certainly technology plays a growing role. But online social networking may not always be separate from traditional networking since one so often leads to the other. A job seeker uses the Internet to track down former associates or acquaintances and then reaches out to them in person. And, just like a cold call, the Internet is a way to make an initial contact with a prospective employer."

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