Nearly 90% of companies are planning to use social networks to find job candidates, according to a new survey reported online at Forbes.com, up from 83% a year ago. For job seekers, this highlights the importance of having an active profile on sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and underlines the fact that what you say and do on those sites can impact your career. Two thirds of employers said they had successfully filled a job using social networking.
The survey was conducted by, Jobvite, a five-year-old Burlingame, Calif. company that helps companies find job candidates using social networks. Jobvite has run the poll for the last four years, and seen a steady increase by employers in the use of social media. This year the company queried 800 human resource staffers and headhunters in the U.S. Eighty-nine percent said they were using or planned to use social media, compared to 83% last year.
“Employee referrals are the highest quality hires,” says Jobvite CEO Dan Finnigan. “They last the longest, have the best match with expectations, and churn the least.”
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Posted by Brittany Agro