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.
Moreover, 13% of social network users in the US say information that they have posted on social media has helped them get a job.
Some 41% of US smartphone owners have used their mobile phone in some aspect of a job search.
Young adults are especially likely to use their smartphones to look for work: 53% of 18-29-yearolds have used a smartphone as part of a search for employment.
Most smartphone job seekers have used their smartphone to browse opportunities online (94%) and email someone about a job they were applying for (74%).
Almost half (47%) of smartphone job seekers have had problems accessing job-related content because it didn't display properly on their phone.
About the research: The report was based on data from a survey conducted in June 2015 of 2,001 US adults.
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