Survey says: More people are going online to find work

More than a quarter of people surveyed from around the world are going online in their hunt for work, but many are growing nervous about the potential career fallout from personal content on social networking sites, according to a recent survey.

Highlights of this report after the jump…


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You can view a copy of the Kelly Global Workforce Index™ Report here.

The results revealed:

  • The most popular social networking sites to find work are Facebook® and LinkedIn®, preferred by 33 percent and 32 percent respectively. A further 23 percent use “other” sites, 10 percent use blogs, and 3 percent use Twitter®.
  • Similar percentages of Gen Y (23 percent) and Gen X (24 percent) are searching for jobs on social networking sites.
  • Facebook is the overwhelming preference of Generation Y participants, while LinkedIn is favored by Generation X and Baby Boomers.
  • More than a quarter of respondents (26 percent) are worried that material from their social networking page could adversely impact their careers, but only 33 percent edit content on their social networking site to avoid career problems.
  • More than a quarter of respondents (28 percent) believe it is essential to be active on social media in order to advance their careers.
  • Almost a third of respondents (30 percent) say that their employers have a social media or social networking policy that regulates use at work.
  • The vast majority of respondents (68 percent) spend an hour or less each day on social media sites, while 19 percent spend no time at all. Only 13 percent spend an hour or more each day.

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