Online Job Connections: Social Media by the Numbers

Many unemployed turning to Facebook for leads

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A recent survey conducted by of more than 500 people, most of whom were undergraduates, shows that job seekers have embraced the use of social networking with friends, associates, and new contacts to find employment and internship opportunities. Consider the stats:

  • 79% are comfortable with employers reaching out to them directly through social media for jobs and internships
  • 34% posted a general note on their Facebook wall asking for help
  • 47% sent personal Facebook messages to at least 10 friends directly asking for help finding internship opportunities
  • Undergrads are three times more likely to use Facebook than LinkedIn for help finding an internship

This story originally appeared in the September 2011 issue of Black Enterprise magazine.

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