Are job boards more popular than rec firms?

Are job boards more popular than rec firms?

Just 25% of candidates would choose to use social media to help them in their job search, according to new research.

The report, carried out by industry analyst Opinionography on behalf of Bond International Software, also found that 81% of candidates have used online job sites in the past year.

The research surveyed 1,000 UK employees, in order to ascertain the current milieu of the recruitment industry.

Online job boards emerged as the firm favourite of applicants looking for a role, with 68% of those asked saying that they found it helpful. Comparatively, just 38% of those asked said the same of recruitment agencies. In fact, given past experience, if searching for a job today 94% stated that they would be likely to use an online job site.

Of the two thirds of respondents using a recruitment agency in the past to help with job search, 58% found the agency via online search. Only 25% have used social media to find a job and of these, just 14% found it helpful.

The report also found that 46% of  C-level executives and 50% of Executive Directors would be very likely to use LinkedIn to search for vacancies compared to 15% of those earning less than £25k.

Toby Conibear, European Business Development Director, Bond International Software, commented on the findings: “It is clear from the research that market specialism rather than social media is set to have the biggest impact on the market over the next few years.

“From the lack of social media use, to the rise of industry specific job boards, there is a clear need for recruiters to get specialist. Those recruiters that harness and improve candidate relationships, offer industry specific advice, and can provide end-to-end excellence in recruitment processes will be the ones to win over the competition.”

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