What’s the fastest way to find a job? New data provides the answer!


So you’re about to launch a job search – but you’re not sure where to begin?

Should you blast out dozens of applications online? Or network your way to career glory?

Should you enlist the help of a headhunter? Or cut out the middleman and go straight to recruiters via LinkedIn?

While these questions have often seemed unanswerable, new data shines a light on how companies actually hire. Lever, a recruiting platform used by top companies from Netflix to Lyft, has just released an analysis of over one million applications across thousands of companies. And so now, for the first time, we can answer those questions with confidence – and you can launch your job search with equal conviction.



To begin to tackle these tricky questions, let’s make a couple of key assumptions:

·      Your goal is to get an offer as fast as possible

·      Therefore, you want to use the techniques that produce the best results in the shortest amount of time

·      So let’s figure out which techniques have the highest result-to-time ratio, denoted here as JPH (job offers per hour of work) – just like MPH on your car’s speedometer!

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By MIT Sloan CDO