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Graduates increasingly use internet to job hunt

Published: Wednesday, 25 February 2009   Category: Career Advice

The internet is fast becoming the main way graduates search for vacancies, according to the most recent National Online Recruitment Audience Survey (NORAS).

Over 50,000 people were surveyed and the results show that the number of people searching for jobs exclusively online has doubled since 2007, with one in seven doing so, up on one in 11 last year and one in 16 in 2007.

And the internet is apparently successful at doing its job - one in four online jobseekers has been employed in a vacancy they found and applied for using a computer.

There has even been an increase in the use of newer technology mediums to look for work, including Blackberries and smart phones.

Giles Guest, managing director of Enhance Media, which produces the survey, said that the internet is becoming increasingly important and that: "The year on year results also show that the downturn is accelerating the move towards online hiring as companies look to save costs wherever possible during the recruitment cycle."

Businesses looking to be more environmentally friendly are increasingly using the internet to recruit new employees, which also saves on unnecessary costs during the economic downturn.

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