Technology Can Be Ineffective in Job Searches

November 15, 2011 – Lee Hecht Harrison (LHH), a talent management solutions company, has revealed new research providing insights into the most effective methods for finding a job in today's tough economy. Their research revealed that networking was the most effective resource for finding new work; searching through job boards was least effective. Lee Hecht Harrison analyzed job search statistics from over 1,200 candidates in the U.S. who received outplacement services through their firm. “While online job boards can help identify opportunities, technology alone isn't going to result in an offer,” said Peter Alcide, president and COO for Lee Hecht Harrison. “Job seekers still need a clear plan based on their unique career goals and current market realities, supported by a professional network to help open doors, a strong resume that articulates the value they bring to an organization, and persuasive interviewing skills that will lead to an offer. These aren't skills you can hone on your computer or access from the cloud.” Most HR professionals agree that technology alone isn't the best approach to finding a new job; 79 percent of respondents identified a blend of in-person resources and technology as most important to their organization's outplacement program with a mere two percent citing technology as the most important resource.

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