60% of jobs are filled through referrals

May 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Are you making those connections?

Studies have shown that anywhere between 48 percent and 60 percent of job hunters obtain their jobs through referrals. Employers fast-track job candidates who are recommended by current employees; statistically speaking, employee-referred hires prove to be better hires, have longer job tenures and therefore represent a far sounder investment on the part of employers, according to Thomas Boyle, SilkRoad director of product strategy.

The employee referral and a direct connection are among the strongest screening tools available, said Lisa Rowan, program director of HR, Learning and Talent Strategies for Framingham, Mass.-based analyst firm IDC. “If I’m an employee, I’m not going to recommend poor candidates, generally,” she said. Research also shows that ‘referral’ hires not only stay longer in their jobs but perform better over the long term.

Now where does iAMscientist.com come in? Well, as a scientific community with over 16 Million fully profiled  scientists, we offer plenty of  opportunities to get referral from leader in the field. Instead of cold candidates, you can get the best students, post-docs or junior faculty recommended by the key faculty that supervised them for their formative years in science. This is especially handy if you are doing work across inter-disciplinary fields, and need someone with specific expertise. Take the time to find someone who comes highly recommended.

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