The Internet is the most important tool that Americans use when searching for work. According to a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, 54% of U.S. adults have used the Internet to search for jobs, and 45% have applied for a job online, reports the center's Aaron Smith. Among Americans that have looked for work in the past two years, 79% used online resources for job searches, and 34% say that the Internet is the most important tool available to them.
Job searching is also going mobile, with 28% of Americans saying they've used a smartphone for a job search, and half of those respondents report using their smartphone to actually fill out a job application.
Respondents also cited personal or professional contacts as a top source of job searching. Taken together, 80% of recent job seekers made use of professional contacts, close friends or family, and/or more distant personal connections in their most recent search for employment—nearly identical to the 79% who utilized resources and information they found online.