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More than three in four adult job seekers in the U.S. prefer personal contacts when searching for work rather than just relying on technology, according to the results of a new American Staffing Association Workforce Monitor survey, conducted online by Harris Poll.
"A combination of technology and personal contacts is the winning strategy while on the job hunt," said Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer. "Even with all of the recent advances in Web-based job sourcing, some things never change. Your network of friends, former colleagues, and family members still might be the key to your finding your ideal job."
Personal Contacts Lead to Job Offers
Three of the top five ways job seekers land a job are "high touch," according to the survey findings. Word of mouth was the most popular means (43%)—followed by job board websites and employer websites (both at 30%). Contacts or acquaintances with prospective employers (30%) and staffing and recruiting companies (25%) also rank high as resources that led to job offers.
Three in four (77%) actually prefer human interaction when searching for a job, according to the ASA Workforce Monitor.
Job Seekers Like Technology…Until It Gets Too Personal
Almost half of recent job seekers (46%) view the Web as the most helpful resource when looking for work, according to the survey results. Job seekers like the visibility that technology can offer when it comes to sharing their résumés (80%), but a majority feel uneasy about giving so much personal employment information to websites (61%), according to the ASA Workforce Monitor results.
Word of Mouth and Web Dominate Job Search Tools
The most popular tools job seekers use when looking for work are word of mouth (63%), job board websites (62%), and employer websites (60%). Other popular job-hunting tools are newspaper help wanted ads or job listings (52%), and contacts or acquaintances at prospective employers (48%). Four in 10 job seekers report using a staffing and recruiting company during the job hunt (42%).
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About Matt Krumrie
In addition to writing resumes and cover letters, Krumrie has published over 2,000 career and job search articles for the Star Tribune, Flexjobs.com, Ziprecruiter.com and more.