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Talent Search People's candidate survey reveals the latest trends in online job search

A study conducted by Talent Search People’s marketing department has revealed that recruitment agencies will experience a slight increase in their role connecting job seekers and employers. It also shows that people seeking work in Europe will increasingly prefer sector specific job boards in favor of more general ones.

In mid-September, Talent Search People carried out a survey of 2,000 candidates to understand how they look for jobs online. We received responses from people from more than 30 countries in Europe.

One of the most interesting differences between the Spanish candidates and those from rest of Europe was the way they search for jobs using social networks: Spaniards tend to use Twitter to look for work while candidates from other countries prefer Facebook. Overall, the results clearly demonstrated that using social networks for professional reasons is on the rise. As expected, Linkedin is the leading social network used to look for jobs:  two thirds of all respondents say they trust Linkedin in their job search.

In terms of the communication between candidates and recruitment agencies using Social Media, our research points out that in addition to job offers, most candidates also wish to receive career advice and news related to the labor market. More than 50 % of the respondents read blogs regularly, and most of them are interested in topics related to their profession and career.

The majority of respondents who participated in the study use smart phones. Approximately 65 % say they have one. Most of them showed interest in receiving information related to their job search on a daily basis; including the status of their application, latest job openings and other career related information related to their profile.

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