06/25/2013 10:20 am ET Updated Aug 22, 2013

I Found a Job... Here's How

Pulse Survey
A pulse survey was conducted by JustStaff to explore how people go about finding jobs in today's market. The study sample included 48 respondents over a period of two months (March to May 2013) who had found jobs in the previous twelve months.

Top Findings While jobs change, the way to find a job has not changed very much. Recruiters advise that the fastest path to finding a new job is:
  • Look for a job in the same or similar industry as your previous job,
  • Look for a job in the same or similar functional area as your previous job,
  • Be active (freelancing, volunteering, developing skills) while you are looking,
  • Network (people, social media, groups).
The results of the Pulse Survey released June 24, 2013 confirms this advice.

According to Anne Angelopoulos, Sr. Manager of JustStaff, "I am not surprised with the results of our study. The formula for getting a new job has not changed. Networking has always been the primary way that people find jobs and that continues to be true. Networking today has expanded to include face-to-face networking, social media tools such as LinkedIn and other on-line platforms. In addition, the fastest path to secure a job also has not changed. Individuals need to focus on the same or similar industry as their last job and the same functional area. Many individuals get off track because they try to switch careers when they are laid off and that is very hard to do. Finally, it is easier to be hired when you are working. If you don't have a job, then you need to be active either by volunteering, freelancing or improving your skills. The employer does not want to see a gap in your activity."

Top Finds From Pulse Survey
  • Eighty five percent (85%) of respondents stated their new job is in the same or similar functional areas as their old job. Functional areas refer to corporate departments such as Marketing, Sales, Information Technology, HR, etc.
  • Seventy percent (70%) stated their new job was in the same or similar industry as their previous job. Industry means retail, technology, manufacturing, etc.
  • Seventy six percent (76%) of respondents noted they were working in some capacity (full or part time) when they secured their new job.
  • Sixty one percent (61%) of respondents stated they were actively looking when they secured the new job.
  • Fifty percent (50%) of the respondents stated they achieved their new job through networking, followed by refreshing their resume (13%), developing a personal brand (9%) and being persistent (9%).
  • Fifty nine percent (59%) recommended networking as a key activity they would advise for other job hunters, followed by refreshing your resume (15%) and creating relationships with social media recruiters (9%).
What Not To Do Respondents listed a variety of activities that they did not recommend. The top five are:
  1. Using job boards (26%)
  2. Resume blasting (23%)
  3. Not being prepared for interviews (12%)
  4. Using a generic resume for all job applications (9%)
  5. Insincere networking (7%)
Other activities that did not work for the respondents included criticizing previous employers, attending career fairs, not being active while looking (freelancing, volunteering), falsifying credentials, application blasting, passivity, not having a personal brand, pressuring the hiring manager and using temporary staffing agencies. Most Frustrating Aspects of Job Hunting The top three are:
  1. Not hearing back from the employer (57%)
  2. Long interview process time (17%)
  3. Rejection (11%)
Other frustrations included having poor job hunting skills, lack of alignment with a job, having a dated resumed and not knowing how to network.

Although job hunting tools have changed, the process is still the same. A copy of the survey will be posted on and

Dr. Tracey Wilen-Daugenti is a leading thought leader on career development. She is the author of ten books, a regular media contributor, and global speaker. She is a key advisor for recruiting and outplacement firms. Her most recent book is Women Lead: Career Perspectives from Workplace Leaders. Tracey is a visiting scholar at Stanford University Media X program, researching the impact of technology on future careers. Find Tracey on Twitter and Facebook.