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By Michael Chait
With what seems like scores of layoffs taking place over the past few months, a new survey indicates that networking, rather than surfing the net, may be the best place to start a new career search.
The survey of more than 3,600 executives throughout Canada and the United States, conducted by career transition service provider Toronto-based Drake Beam Morin-Canada, found that 48% of executives in Canada found a job through networking, 21% landed a job through search firms, while only 2% found a job through the Internet.
In the United States 66% found a job through networking, 12% found employment through search firms and 6% found a job through the Internet.
"While there's no question that the Internet's vast reach enables more companies and candidates to find each other, there's a growing misconception that individuals can find jobs quickly by merely surfing the Internet," says Denis St-Amour, President, Drake Beam Morin-Canada. "The reality is that fundamental skills such as networking and interviewing remain critical to the job search process. The Internet can be a valuable door opener, but the in-person interview is still the ultimate dealmaker."
Networking events, such as FirstTuesday, taking place at the Fleck Atrium at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto this evening at six, provide strong opportunities for finding job leads, and meeting others in the industry.
The study cites interviewing as one of the greatest skills necessary in procuring employment.
The survey also noted that the average job search time in 2000 was the same as in 1999 at 3.1 months. Senior executives in Canada, however, had a harder time getting relocated, taking an average of 6.4 months.
While the wait may make some uncertain, the results speak clearly, with 88% of those Canadian senior executives and 79 percent of all executives surveyed obtaining new, full-time employment, and 12% and six%, respectively, opting to start a new business.
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