1 in 6 people found their last job by using social media, according to data from Jobvite. This figure - nearly 17% of jobseekers - rises to 28% for those candidates who are more serious about developing their social networking connections. With recruiters around the globe increasingly sourcing candidates via social media channels, what do you as a candidate need to be doing differently to be one of these "super social job seekers"?
Check the following infographic and you'll see super social job seekers are likely to have connected with far more people on social networks, with the top 40% of candidates having 150+ connections each.
It may come as a surprise, but it's Facebook and not LinkedIn that candidates have used most to reach out to their contacts in search of a job. This may or may not be a valid approach in all industries, but it's a very interesting statistic nonetheless. Have you done anything like this on Facebook yourself?
In the professional and executive markets that Social-Hire serves, we'd still position LinkedIn as the mainstream social network where it's most important to invest your time. For our insights on this do see: Getting Hired: The Simple But Overlooked Steps Every Candidate Must Take In The Networked Economy
Caveat: Whilst we love reading statistics that show candidates finding jobs through social media, the wording of the questions used to solicit these responses must play a part in these responses. Amongst super social job seekers, 85% say they found their job through Facebook - with high figures for LinkedIn and Twitter too. So we would suggest the data needs to be read as these social media connections having played a part in candidates securing their job - rather than being the only contributor.
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