According to one recent study, in 2009 more than half of all job openings were filled by workers already employed in the business. Of outside hires, most came through personal referrals.
“What the findings indicate, says Mark Mehler, co-founder of CareerXroads, is that networking is the most effective strategy for landing employment. “Job seekers should use job board and corporate sites to find information about openings, but they should use their network to apply,” says Mark Mehler, co-founder of CareerXroads.”
What this means is first, develop and use a network! The Career Guy points TMC students and grads to the Online Alumni Community, LinkedIn, and your local circle of friends and associates. Almost 1100 TMC students and graduates are now in LinkedIn, many of them in key positions or with contacts in key positions.
Also, consider taking a lower-paying job or one with fewer responsibilities than you might desire, as this survey shows that you have a good chance of moving up once you get in. Read the brief article:
Career Guy is available for all manner of career direction and helps for TMC students, graduates, families and friends of TMC.