According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 5 percent of job seekers obtain jobs through the open job market which consists of help wanted ads, the internet and print publications. Another 24 percent obtain jobs by cold-calling companies directly. Twenty-three percent obtain jobs through employment agencies, college career-services offices and executive-search firms. The remaining 48 percent obtain their jobs through referrals or “word of mouth.” These individuals get the job referrals by networking.
A job search that targets only advertised job openings will likely miss more than half of the available opportunities. Once armed with a powerful resume, networking is one of the most important skills for job seekers to master to be truly successful in their job search.