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> Whenever this subject comes up, predictably the answer here is always [...] network network network. [...] The numbers just don't make sense to me.

Yet networking, in one form or another, is how many if not most people land their jobs. Perhaps a poll is in order here?

I suspect your definition of what constitutes "a network" is what makes the odds you calculate look like a search for extraterrestrial intelligence. It's nothing like that.

If we did a poll right here, I would wager that more people got their current position through a third party lead or inside contact than through submission to an online job application.

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