Employers ignore almost everything on your job application â€“ except this
It helps to know someone in the company.
Statistically speaking, thereâ€™s one thing that matters far more than any of these so-called bits of advice: Do you know someone at the company? A candidate with such a referral is much more likely to have their resume read, landÂ an interview, and, ultimately, get an offer.
Referrals account forÂ betweenÂ 30 and 50% of hiresÂ in the US. In a paper published earlier this year, researchers fromÂ the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and MIT studiedÂ data from a financial services company, and found that while referralsÂ only made up about 6% of total applications, theyÂ resulted in more than a quarter of hires. Thatâ€™s more than the number hired via online job boards, even though those job hunters accounted forÂ 60% of applications and 40% of interviews.
In fact, a referral who gets an interviewÂ has a 40% betterÂ chance of getting hired than other candidates.