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Where jobseekers are hunting for opportunities

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
04 October 2018 1 minute readShare
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Struggling to find suitable and qualified candidates to fill job vacancies? A report by one of Australia’s major online jobs sites has broken down exactly where jobseekers are searching for vacancies.

Indeed polled 1,371 Australian adults as the basis of its Job hunters: The complete guide 2018 report. It revealed a diverse range of methods that people had used to secure their most recent job.

Unsurprisingly, online job sites topped the list, and were favoured by more than half (54 per cent) of employees. Email alerts from these sites were used by 15 per cent of respondents.

The second most popular had nothing to do with technology at all – 18 per cent said they had obtained work through recommendations from a family member or friend.

That was slightly ahead of recommendations from colleagues or someone else within their professional network (both on 13 per cent).

Interestingly, while LinkedIn had been the source of 12 per cent of people obtaining their job, other forms of social media ranked almost as highly (11 per cent) – suggesting that employers can easily and cheaply leverage their existing social presence to seek out new recruits.

Other job-hunting methods used, in decreasing order of popularity, included:

• Company specific careers pages
• Directly dealing with recruiters
• Being headhunted by a company
• Industry-specific media (more popular in some sectors than others: this was most popular among people working in government, automotive and transportation)
• Newspaper or magazine ads
• Being approached directly by a recruiter for a specific role
• University job sites
• Window advertisement at the business’ premises
• Amazingly, 5 per cent said they obtained their last job by cold-calling prospective employers
• Being approached by a recruiter more broadly
• Other methods not stipulated

Beware though that not all candidates will act professionally during the recruitment process; My Business readers recently revealed a number of bizarre and frustrating behaviours they have experienced from jobseekers – from not wearing pants to fake references.

Where jobseekers are hunting for opportunities
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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