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More job hunters turn to Internet

October 15 2007

More job seekers are using the Internet as part of their job searches, The Conference Board reported Friday. In a survey of people who searched for a job between January and September 2007, 73% used the Internet compared with 66% in the same period in 2005.

"The Internet has become the most popular method of job searching," said Gad Levanon, economist at The Conference Board. "Newspapers are still popular as a major job search method, but job seekers reported using them less, dropping from 75% to 65% between 2005 and 2007."

In addition, the survey found that 51% of job seekers reported networking through friends and colleagues as part of their job search and 24% said they used other methods such as employment agencies.

Job seekers also used the Internet for other purposes such as gathering information on employers and jobs (59%), submitting resumes and applications (57%) and posting resumes on a Web site (40%).

The study on job search methods questioned 5,000 households.

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