The Internet is an essential employment resource for many of today’s job seekers, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. A majority of U.S. adults (54%) have gone online to look for job information, 45% have applied for a job online, and are just as likely to turn to the Internet as they would their personal or professional networks.
Yet even as the Internet has taken on a central role in how people find and apply for work, a segment of Americans would find it difficult to engage in many digital job seeking behaviors -such as creating a professional resume, searching job listings online, or following up via email with potential employers. But while many use their smartphone to search jobs or communicate with potential employers, others use their mobile device to write resumes or fill out online job applications.
Conversely, CareerBuilder reports that when a mobile candidate is notified they are about to encounter a non-mobile friendly apply process, 40% end the application process. That’s because the application process can be lengthy on a site that isn’t designed for mobile applications.
Among Americans, 79% utilized online resources in their most recent job search and 34% say online resources were the most important tool available to them. Only (66%) made use of personal connections or professional contacts (63%). Taken together, 80% of recent job seekers made use of professional contacts, close friends or family and personal connections for searching employment – nearly identical to the 79% who utilized resources online.
28% of Americans have used a smartphone as part of a job search, and half of those have used their smartphone to fill out a job application. Americans who have not attended college tend to lean heavily on their smartphones which would include job searching. This can be attributed to not having broadband at home. They also are more likely to use their mobile device to create a resume or cover letter, and fill out an online application with their device.
Younger users are especially active at utilizing social media platforms for employment-related purposes, but roughly one-quarter of social media users ages 50+ have used these platforms as well.
Read Article (Aaron Smith | pewinternet.org | 11/19/2015)
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