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Do people get any interviews by applying online, reaching out to recruiters on LinkedIn, or is it primarily through referrals? Want to be sure my online applications would not be a waste of energy

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All 3 of my jobs have resulted from direct apply to their careers page. I haven’t known anyone at the companies I wanted to work for. I believe I had a top notch 2-page resume though. On another note, I’ve gotten interviews from 100% of referrals.

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Yoe for 2 page resume? I have been keeping mine to one page 6 yoe here

I slid into the hiring manager’s DMs on LinkedIn (I saw he posted about the job)

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I’ve gotten interviews from companies like LinkedIn, Netflix, Robinhood, Twitch, etc. all from applying online. Google might be hard without a referral but I did get a google recruiter reach out to me for a role I didn’t apply for / didn’t really want I do not work for MBB

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Yeah all depends on your profile and if you are ‘in demand’

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I’m about 50/50 with referrals and online applications

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A mix of recruiters and referrals. Sometimes recruiters and/or actual team members will post that they're hiring on LinkedIn with the actual job title listed. But I would advise to be smart about asking for a referral. Definitely chat about the role to ensure it's a good fit and do your homework about the company as well. It makes it easier for someone to confidently refer you!

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I got hired by PwC after applying through indeed.com.

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Online apps are not a waste of time if: 1. You strive for quality rather than volume. 2. Write your resume to match the job description 3. You have solid work experience. If you can do those 3, your odds are p good.

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Applying online has worked for me

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Similar to C2, got all my interviews through online apps, except maybe one through a referral. I was skeptical when I started applying but customized resumes definitely work!

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I have 0% success rate with applications. According to LinkedIn, there are always 500+ applicants to the roles that I apply to so I am not surprised. That’s why I only apply through referrals now.

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