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What’s the best way to find a job?

What's the best way to find a job?

Want to find a job?
Engage in networking whether you are a W-2 employee or a self-employed client seeker!

What’s the best way to find a job? The LinkedIn community weighed in on a poll and the results are in on how people found their last W-2 job. There is also transferable knowledge for the self-employed client seeker. 

When you see the results of the best way to find a job, the results are not surprising that the winner is networking. But wait, there’s more!

With 12,948 views of this poll on LinkedIn, there were 241 people that voted to result in the following:

  • 11% online social network
  • 11% company website
  • 24% job board
  • 54% networking
Summary Details of Results from Individuals Who Commented on the LinkedIn Poll

Online Social Network

  • Craigslist (after unsuccessful on Ladders, Monster, Indeed, LinkedIn, WA state unemployment listings, etc.)

Company Website

  • no comments received

Job Board

  • Society of Scholarly Publishing, Council of Science Editors
  • found by a recruiter on a job board
  • Zip Recruiter for two respondents


  • referral through a Christian job seekers meeting 
  • referral to a posting on a company website
  • networking with a recruiter for two respondents
  • referral by a former colleague to notify of a position opening due to retirement
  • email received
  • referral from an acquaintance who knew the skillset
  • found by a colleague when employed and presented a new opportunity
  • wrote a letter to a company led by a former colleague
  • referred by someone I have known
How to Construct a Poll on LinkedIn

If you have not tried a poll yet on LinkedIn, give it a whirl! There are some step-by-step instructions on how to create a poll in the article linked below. Note that you can create a poll on your personal profile as well as on your LinkedIn company page.

Have You Examined Your Spots and Stripes on Linkedin?

Poll Tips

One of my favorite research-related content creators on LinkedIn is Dr. Philip Adu, a methodology expert. He just posted some great tips for using the poll feature on LinkedIn. 

You can read further details in his post about the importance of showing your intentions, not sharing your opinions before the poll has ended, and summarizing the poll results (like I have done above). 

For anyone doing qualitative research, I highly recommend his books on Amazon and subscribe to his YouTube channel

To create polls on LinkedIn, you need to have a LinkedIn profile and people in your network. So, keep networking to build your connections to land your next job, either as a W-2 job seeker or as a self-employed client seeker! 

Networking Essentials

Need some networking tips? Here are a few noteworthy articles:

Ahoy Mateys! Captain Obvious on Networking

Getting Hired for a Job on Clubhouse is Possible

Networking Online & Offline Requires a Positive Mindset

Three Unconventional Ways to Supercharge YourProfessional Networking

Introduce or Re-Introduce Yourself On and Off LinkedIn

Why Networking is Important During the Holidays

Your network is your net worth, so don’t stop networking after you have landed a job. Always keep your network fresh!

  • Register on links on the events page for these upcoming online events.
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Lynne M. Williams is the Executive Director of the Great Careers Groups, a volunteer-run 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides career education and networking connections for 1) job seekers in career transition, including veterans, and 2) employed and self-employed for career management. She is also the President of and runs a Clubhouse session every Friday at 11 AM ET on the Thought Leadership Branding Club

Aside from writing keyword-focused content for ATS resumes and LinkedIn profiles, Lynne is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on LinkedIn for Job Seekers. She is a contributing author on “Applying to Positions” in Find Your Fit: A Practical Guide to Landing the Job You Love along with the late Dick Bolles, the author of What Color is Your Parachute?, and is also a speaker on career topics.

This article is also published on: and in the author’s LinkedIn Newsletter.