Facebook Used To Find Jobs More Than LinkedIn


Facebook vs LInkedIn for Jobs

88 percent of people trying to find a job in 2012 have at least one social media profile and a recent study conducted by recruiting platform Jobvite has found that more of those users took advantage of Facebook than business site LinkedIn when it came to job hunting this year.

The company surveyed 2,108 adults from September 5 through September 7 of which 1,266 already had jobs.

Jobvite discovered the following statistics:

Job Hunters on Facebook:

  • 52 percent use Facebook to help find work in 2012, up from 48 percent in 2011
  • 14 percent looked for jobs on Facebook
  • 15 percent changed their privacy settings with work in mind
  • 17 percent mentioned their profiles on a job application or during an interview
  • 63 percent are under the age of 40, 70 percent are male
  • 36 percent are college graduates, 40 percent earn more than $75,000
  • 1 in 5 had a friend share a job on Facebook, unchanged from 2011

Job Hunters on LinkedIn:

  • 38 percent use LinkedIn to help find work in 2012, compared to 30 percent in 2011
  • 19 percent had a contact share a job on LinkedIn, up from 8 percent in 2011
  • 11 percent used LinkedIn to search for jobs
  • 7 percent changed their privacy settings with work in mind
  • 9 percent mentioned their profiles on a job application or during an interview
  • 62 percent are under the age of 40, 60 percent are male
  • 50 percent are college graduates, 51 percent earn more than $75,000
Here is the full study as portrayed by an infographic:
Facebook vs LinkedIn finding jobs

James Kosur

James Kosur has worked in the new media space for the last 10 years, helping many publications build their audiences to millions of monthly readers. He currently serves as the Director of Business Development at Business2Community.com and the CEO of Aven Enterprises LLC.

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