2012 Job Seeker Nation Study

By Tuesday, June 19, 2012eBooks, Research

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Methodology

the polling company, inc. on behalf of Jobvite conducted a nationwide online omnibus survey of 2,108 adults, of which 1,266 adults (aged 18+) were part of the American workforce. Fielded September 5-7, 2012, the survey included questions on current employment status, the use of social networks to find job opportunities and attitudes about the current employment market.

Of the 1,266 members of the workforce, 948 were “job seekers,” and 86% also had at least one social network profile. 318 were currently employed but NOT open to a new job.

Respondents for this survey were selected from an opt-in panel, and had expressed prior consent to participate in online surveys such as this. Data were weighted so the demographics of this audience closely match the nationwide population of adults (age 18+) with respect to gender, age, and region.

Definitions

Workforce: All participants in the labor market: currently employed + unemployed and looking
Job Seeker: All those actively seeking work or open to a new job, both currently employed and unemployed

75%

OF THE AMERICAN WORKFORCE IS COMPRISED OF JOB SEEKERS

up from 69% in 2011

65%

OF EMPLOYED AMERICANS ARE ACTIVELY SEEKING OR OPEN TO A NEW JOB

up from 61% in 2011

61%

OF JOB SEEKEQRS. SAY FINDING A JOB’S GOTTEN HARDER IN THE PAST YEAR

41%

OF EMPLOYED JOB SEEKERS ARE OVERQUALIFIED

1/3

OF JOB SEEKERS ARE LESS OPTIMISTIC ABOUT FINDING THE RIGHT JOB

88%

OF ALL JOB SEEKERS HAVE AT LEAST ONE SOCIAL NETWORKING PROFILE

64% have two profiles and 44% have three

TWITTER AND LINKEDIN GAIN ADOPTION AMONGST WORKFORCE

23%

OF JOB SEEKERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR SOCIAL MEDIA INFO IN A JOB INTERVIEW

FACEBOOK CONTENT MOST LIKELY TO CAUSE JOB SEEKERS TROUBLE

1 in 6

JOB SEEKERS CREDITS SOCIALMEDIA WITH THEIR CURRENT JOB

41%

OF JOB SEEKERS FOUND FAVORITE/BEST JOB FROM FRIENDS OR FAMILY

WHO ARE THE JOB SEEKERS ON FACEBOOK?

52%

OF JOB SEEKERS USE FACEBOOK TO HELP FIND WORK

up from 48% in 2011

49%

OF JOB SEEKERS USE FACEBOOK CONTACTS FOR CAREER GAIN

WHO ARE THE JOB SEEKERS ON LINKEDIN?

38%

OF JOB SEEKERS USE LINKEDIN TO HELP FIND WORK

up from 30% in 2011

38%

OF JOB SEEKERS USE LINKEDIN CONTACTS FOR CAREER GAIN

up from 27% in 2011

WHO ARE THE JOB SEEKERS ON TWITTER?

34%

OF JOB SEEKERS USE TWITTER TO HELP FIND WORK

up from 26% in 2011

35%

OF JOB SEEKERS USE TWITTER CONTACTS FOR CAREER GAIN

up from 25% in 2011

DEMOGRAPHICS OF ALL JOB SEEKERS

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