back to article One in six Americans used social web to get their job

A study of workers in America showed that one in six (17 per cent) of them found their current job through a social networking site. Referral from a contact was the most successful tactic for finding a new job, with 36 per cent gaining employment that way. Newspapers and internet job boards came next and many people used …

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a recruiting platform for the social web thinks that Facebook is the best place to look for a new job. I hear the local Macdonalds is hiring.

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Glad to know that I'm one of the 5 who didn't...and never will.

I patently REFUSE to use these LAME social networking sites.

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only 17%?

When I was made redundant (years ago), the outplacement agency told us to focus on our social network (real one, facebook didn't exist yet) for job opportunities. And that's how I found mine...

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Absolutely - I had a similar experience. But I think there's a huge difference between contacting real-world friends and former colleagues to find work and using pseudo-friends on Facebook or even LinkedIn.

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was the survey done on Facebook?

that's all...

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"Most people used a combination of factors, but social media made a strong showing, accounting for 15 per cent of people's current jobs."

So a lot of people said, "I'm looking for a job" at some point?

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1 in 6 found a job

5 in 6 DID NOT. For better odds go elsewhere.

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I use social networking when recruiting.

If an applicant lists social networking as a "skill" or sends a link to their !GooMyFaceYouTwit site, their resume/CV goes into the shredder. Handy filter, that :-)

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