There is a lot of information out there, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of data at your fingertips, but it’s important to be aware of the current market. Forbes originally gathered these statistics together, and my hope is that sharing these six statistics that will change the way you apply to jobs will help provide insight into the job search process so you can successfully navigate this challenging time and secure job that is in line with your goals!
  1. Each online job posting receives an average of 250 resumes (however large companies such as Google receive up to 3,000,000 per year).
From these 250 applications, about 2% receive interviews according to Workopolis (only 0.2% at Google get hired and usually only with an internal referral).

  1. Referrals have been noted to have a 50% shot of getting an interview whereas for non-referrals, that rate drops to just 3%.
In fact, it’s estimated that as many as 40% of hires come from the referral pool. Given that the referral pool equates to about 7% of applicants, non-referral applications are at a disadvantage. 

  1. Data shows that more than 60% of job seekers who were recommended by a current employee were hired.
That number increased to 91% if the referral came from a director-level employee or above.

Read all 6 statistics and the complete article.