Both young jobseekers who grew up online and Baby Boomers who may have once viewed the Internet as scary technology now feel so comfortable in the cyber-world that they never leave it.
But that comfort may hinder success in landing a position, warn experts.
A recent study of 5,268 jobseekers from ages 18 to 67 conducted by consulting firm Millennial Branding and career network Beyond.com found that the overwhelming majority of jobseekers across all generations searched exclusively online.
Moreover, all generations start their hunt from the same type of websites, namely “job boards.”
“The most popular job boards are Monster and CareerBuilder, and it’s been like that for years. They have the most amount of resumes and brand recognition,” explains Dan Schawbel, managing partner of Millennial Branding.
After job boards – where seekers can find listings as well as post their resumes – social networking sites like Facebook, Google Plus and LinkedIn are frequently visited.
Social networking sites allow users to find out about job openings and post their resume, but also offer opportunities to make real world connections, explains Judah Kurtz, manager of talent solutions at human resources consulting firm BPI Group.
For instance, at a networking site, you might join an online community affiliated with your desired profession and then attend real world meetings, explains Kurtz. Or, you might find that a friend is connected to someone with a position you aspire to and you can ask that friend if he can provide an introduction so that you can request a short, in-person “informational interview” for career advice, Kurtz says.
“Stronger relationships are formed in person and people will go out of their way for you more if you’ve met offline instead of just online,” says Schawbel.
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