Survey Reveals Experience Matters More When Finding a Job Than Who You Know

PHILADELPHIA —, Inc., the world’s largest network of niche career communities, polled job seekers across its network of thousands of geographic and industry-specific sites to learn what is most helpful to business professionals when searching for a job. More than 1,600 Network visitors responded to the poll that asked:

What is most helpful when finding a job?

• 45.35% – My Experience
• 20.97% – My Education
• 19.93% – The People I Know
• 13.75% – My Communication Skills

With the unemployment rate hovering at 8.8 percent according to the United States Department of Labor and a large pool of candidates vying for similar job opportunities, applicants are placing more value than ever before on their actual work experience than they have in the past.

“At one time it was all about who you knew and who in your Rolodex© you could connect with in order to secure an interview,” says Rich Milgram, CEO of “While networking is and will continue to be an important component of the job search, it can only get you so far in the process. Employers are looking past just ‘who you know’ and making sure candidates have the right qualifications and experience before hiring.”

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About, Inc. is the world’s largest network of niche career communities, providing access to thousands of top-tier industry and local web sites. Our career search services and networking tools enable job seekers and employers to create targeted connections across thousands of online communities. We deliver a one-of-a-kind recruitment solution that provides the targeted exposure of a specialized job board, reinforced by the breadth and volume of a larger career network. was named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious `Inc. 500′ list and is a Safeguard Scientifics, Inc. (NYSE: SFE) portfolio company.

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