Social Job Seeker Survey 2011


Survey conducted asked job seekers how social media helped themJobvite, a leading recruiting platform for the social web, recently conducted the Social Job Seeker Survey 2011, which reveals more than 22 million Americans used social networks to find their most recent job opportunity — up 7.7 million from last year’s survey. One in six members of the workforce say an online social network was one of the sources they used to find a job, and those with more contacts get better results.

The Polling Company, Inc. on behalf of Jobvite conducted a nationwide online omnibus survey of 1,205 adults (age 18+) and was fielded on October 24-27, 2011; it included questions on current employment status and the use of social networks to find job opportunities. Respondents for this survey were selected from an opt-in panel and had expressed prior consent to participate in online surveys such as this.

Here are some results:

Job Seeking on Facebook:

  • 48% of all job seekers (63% of those with a profile) have done at least one social job hunting activity on Facebook in the last year.
  • One in five job seekers added professional information to their Facebook profile in the past year.
  • 16% received a job referral from a Facebook friend.
  • 18.4 Million Americans credit Facebook as a source that led to their current job.
  • 56% of Facebook-using job seekers are male, 64% are under the age of 40, 36% earn more than $75,000 and 42% are college graduates.

Job Seeking on LinkedIn:

  • 26% of all job seekers (88% of those with a profile) have used LinkedIn to hunt for work in the past year.
  • 15% have updated LinkedIn with professional information.
  • 9% received a job referral from a LinkedIn contact.
  • 10.2 Million Americans credit LinkedIn as a source that led to their current job.
  • 69% of LinkedIn-using job seekers are male, 53% are under the age of 40, 54% earn more than $75,000 and 58% are college graduates.

Job Seeking on Twitter:

  • 23% of all job seekers (71% of those with a profile) have leveraged Twitter in their job hunt.
  • 8% have updated Twitter with professional information.
  • 6% received a job referral through Twitter.
  • 8 Million Americans credit Twitter as a source that led to their current job
  • 65% of Twitter-using job seekers are male, 69% are under the age of 40, 48% earn more than $75,000 and 49% are college graduates.

For more results, please visit Jobvite Social Job Seeker Survey 2011.

Did you get a new job because of a particular social network? If so, which one and how were you able to leverage it?

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