What happens when you ask 1,276 job seekers how they really look for work? You get some pretty interesting answers.
Earlier this fall, I collaborated with Job-Hunt.org (a career resource and advice site) and eHarmony (a dating site planning to enter online recruiting) to reach out to two distinctive types of survey respondents:
– Active seekers: 275 respondents from Job-Hunt.org’s and JobBoardDoctor’s audience. These respondents are well-informed about career issues and online recruiting
– Random respondents: 1,001 respondents from a random sample (provided by USamp) of US residents ages 20-60. This sample is more representative of the population at large.
What did we find out?
- General job boards and job search engines are used most often by both sets of respondents
- The random sample relied most heavily on search engines, general job boards, and newspaper ads
- Desktop and laptop computers continue to be the primary tool in job search; mobile devices are used primarily for job search and employer research.
- 65% of the active seekers have found work via a referral from a friend or colleague
- Facebook is the most popular social media job search tool with the random sample (57%), while LinkedIn was top with the active seekers (93%)
The infographic below provides some more highlights from the survey. To download complete results, go to the Research area of the site (free registration required).[Want to get Job Board Doctor posts via email? Subscribe here.].