Social media is now central to every savvy job seeker’s armor, and recruiters are also switched on to using it to source great candidates.
For the former, it’s a source of information. It allows you to get the word out about your search, collate recommendations and connections into an online CV—and build a good reputation in the process.
As a recruiter, the same applies, but in the reverse.
To many marketers, this is fairly standard—but how do consumers feel about this? Are they using social media in their job search?
To answer that question, Jobvite commissioned a study of 2,049 adults aged over 18 across the U.S., asking them for their opinions on using social media when finding a job.
It discovered that though almost all of those surveyed seemed to be socially active, just 16% used social networks solely to find their most recent job—but a massive 54% have used Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn in some way.
Other key findings from the study were that:
- 45% of those employed were open to a new job.
- 86% of active and passive job seekers have a social profile.
- 40% are “super socia,”’ with over 150 contacts.
Joshua Waldman is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. He is the bestselling author of Job Searching With Social Media For Dummies, and his writing has appeared in Forbes, Mashable and the International Business Times. Joshua’s career blog, CareerEnlightenment, helps thousands of readers each month get ahead using his job advice. Joshua is also speaker and trainer who specializes in helping job seekers gain control of their careers in today’s competitive economic and technological climate. He presents keynotes, trainings and breakout sessions around the country for students, career advisors, consortiums and professional organizations. For more information about his speaking, visit Career Enlightenment.
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