Nepotism key to landing a job, says University

Research from Edinburgh Napier University’s employment research institute claims that it’s ‘not what you know’ but ‘who you know’ that is important for job hunters.

Research from Edinburgh Napier University’s employment research institute claims that it’s ‘not what you know’ but ‘who you know’ that is important for job hunters.
 
According to the findings the more employed friends you have, the higher their job status and the stronger your ties with them, the more likely you are to get a job yourself.
 
The study claims that age plays a factor. The researchers suggest that for younger job seekers (aged under 50) it’s the number of people they know that is important rather than the quantity of contacts that are employed or that hold high ranking positions.
 
Dr Kaberi Gayen, visiting researcher at Edinburgh Napier’s employment research institute and co-author of the research said: “With tight budgets and a tough economy, there are less jobs being advertised and organisations are increasingly seeking the most cost effective recruitment methods. The ‘who you know’ theory, is as important as ever in the job hunt. Younger people tend to have wider networks which could be due to their greater use of new information and communication technologies.”
 
In similar news, workingmums.co.uk recently reported on a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development which shows that organisations are increasingly turning to online jobs boards to find new staff. In its research, the CIPD found that just under half of companies (49%) now expect to use new media/technology to recruit.





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