We just conducted milewalk’s Annual Employment Survey for 2013. The results showed interesting trends, some that held from 2012 and others that changed. That report is due out in a few weeks, and I’ll be sure to post it here.

One of the major statistical categories we capture is how people found their most recent job. We think this information will be extremely helpful to not only job candidates that are seeking employment elsewhere, but also for companies so they can understand the effectiveness of different avenues to search for and lure top talent.

Find your next job

We evaluated 15 potential ways an employee can find a job and aggregated them into a manageable list (of eight) to help when reviewing the probabilities of these mediums to secure your next position. Granted, these percentages change when factoring experience and compensation levels, but these number are good guidelines—and current.

The major leaders are your personal network (a combined 45% if you consider employee and non-employee referrals) and executive recruiters (16% which is twice as much as a corporate recruiter).  Job boards seem to be waning at just under 5%, and social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter were so insignificant they didn’t even register (so we tossed them into other).  It is worth noting that the individuals likely to respond to our survey work for white-collar corporations, so the social sites might be more productive for other, non-corporate positions.  Lastly, consider that 11% of the respondents are company owners and entrepreneurs including independent consultants:


Employee Referral – 20%

Personal Network (Non-Employee Referral) – 25%

Company Website – 7%

Job Board – 5%

Contacted by Company Recruiter – 8%

Contacted by Executive Recruiter – 16%

Owner/Entrepreneur/Contractor – 11%

Other – 8%