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IT: Personal referrals beat online networks

August 20 2010

Among information technology professionals, 65% say word of mouth, personal and internal referrals are a very important or vital source when searching for work, but only 35% said the same for online social and professional networking sites, according to a survey by IT recruitment firm Greythorn, a member of the FiveTen Group.

FiveTen Group CEO Paul Taylor said the survey results reflect the evolving role of the IT professional as IT has become a vital and respected part of organizations.

"Today's IT professional bears no resemblance to the socially awkward, reclusive stereotype that has been common in the past," Taylor said. "The figures show IT professionals have embraced their new stature within business and are now more comfortable dealing with people rather than being locked away in a server room or at a telephone help desk."

The survey also found that 84% of IT professionals considered online job boards as vital or very important sources when searching for work, and 67% said the same for recruitment firms.

The survey included 2,922 IT professionals.


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