One-third of Americans have looked for a new job in the past two years, and 79% of these job seekers used online resources in their most recent search for employment, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center.
The report was based on data from a survey conducted in June 2015 of 2,001 US adults.
More job seekers turned to the Internet as part of their search (79%) than the proportion who made use of close personal connections (66%) or professional contacts (63%), and more than twice the proportion of those who used employment agencies, print advertisements, or jobs fairs.
Some 34% of job seekers say the information they found online was the most important resource available to them in their recent job search.
Below, additional key findings from the report.
Some 35% of US social network users have used social media to look for or research jobs, 21% have applied for a job they first found out about through social media, and 34% have used social media to inform their friends about available jobs at their own place of employment.
Ayaz Nanji is an independent digital strategist and a co-founder of ICW Content, a marketing agency specializing in content creation for brands and businesses. He is also a research writer for MarketingProfs. He has worked for Google/YouTube, the Travel Channel, AOL, and the New York Times.
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