Referrals Help Land Jobs. Industries That Are Competitive & Less Competitive

Getting a referral for a job in a company helps job seekers land jobs.  Therefore, if you know somebody who works in a company for which you would like to work, contact that person.  If you know person A who knows person B who works in a company you want to work in, contact person A to try to get a referral to person B.

The Memphis Business Journal reports, “The best way to stand out is to get a referral.  Jobvite [a California-based recruiting firm] data found that referred applicants are 5 times more likely than average to be hired and 15 times more likely to be hired than applicants from a job board.”

The Memphis Business Journal also reports applicants should be enthusiastic, since enthusiasm helps in getting hired.  “About 78 percent of recruiters cite a positive attitude as a major factor in a hiring decision, followed by a good command of the job requirements (76 percent) and conversation skills (73 percent).”

If you want to try to find a job in the executive levels of a company, be prepared to wait about one month and have an average of 5 interviews, the Memphis Business Journal states.

Some industries are hotter than others.  “Since 2014, the number of jobs created with “data science” in the title has risen 64 percent.  In that same period, jobs created with phrases like “artificial intelligence,” “machine learning” or “deep learning” have grown 140 percent.”

Industries that are competitive, meaning it is hard to get an interview are, “[m]edia and consumer internet…” and “education”.

Easier industries to enter are “real estate and insurance….” In those industries, about 1 in 3 applicants land a job.

Booming industries are “energy and real estate….”  Energy jobs have tripled, while real estate jobs have doubled “between 2014 and 2016….”

Lastly, the fields of engineering and finance grew “more than 40 percent” from 2014 to 2016.


Source and to see the full article:  Hall, G. (2017, January 25). The industries that recruiters say are most competitive (and how you can stand out). Memphis Business Journal. Retrieved from

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