A recent survey conducted by Jobvite suggests about 1 of 6 Americans found their most recent job via social media. In case you’re wondering, that amounts to around 22 million Americans.
The fact that so many people found their last job on an actual social media site nowadays can’t be very surprising, especially since LinkedIn is the first thing that comes to everyone’s mind when they’re looking for a job. What’s actually surprising is that the majority of these lucky job-finders attribute their employment to
Facebook – 78% of them, in fact. Twitter comes in next at 42% and LinkedIn just behind at 40% even. Obviously, those surveyed were not required to pick one network exclusively.
The findings should signal HR departments and recruiters of the importance of social media channels, especially Facebook, to their success.
A year ago, Facebook redesigned the profile to make work info immediately visible, which prompted more users to keep it up to date. This made Facebook a bit more of a force to be reckoned with, at least from LinkedIn’s perspective, since Facebook’s community is already gigantic and now it has started invading the whole “job” space.
So, in conclusion, you should probably keep a close eye on your social media networks when you’re looking for a job, and if you’re looking for employees to fill a spot, there’s no shame in doing it on Facebook. After all, that’s where all the unemployed people are hanging out, right?