Eve Tahmincioglu of MSNBC.com and CareerDiva was kind enough to write a post on RiseSmart's job-search survey results. She agrees with us that jobseekers are spending too much time on the Internet looking for jobs -- an average of 50 hours per month for the majority of jobseekers, according to the Kelton/RiseSmart survey. Writes Eve:

There’s nothing wrong with using the Internet for your job search but don’t use it as a crutch ... [S]tep away from the computer. You never know what you might find…maybe a job.

Eve did wonder why we didn't ask jobseekers about their results -- since it would be nice to know if all this searching was paying off. The answer, quite frankly, is that we limited the scope of the survey to manage our costs; we are a startup after all. We hope to commission a full study in the future. In the meantime, I will tell you that I personally believe that there's a distressingly low correlation between the amount of time spent searching and actually finding a job. The purpose of our survey question, part of a Kelton Research omnibus, was to help people understand just how much time they are spending searching online. From the e-mails I've gotten since we began sharing survey results, people have been shocked to learn how much time they're devoting to job sites. There's a psychological aspect to this. Particularly when people are out of work, they feel like they should be doing something -- anything! So a lot of them just keep poring over different job boards, filling out profiles on those sites, etc., when they should actually be doing more constructive activities like personal networking. We created RiseSmart specifically to help people, as Eve puts it, "step away from the computer!" Let RiseSmart conduct your online job search for you, so you can do something that will make better use of your time. Find out more here.

27 August 2008

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