5 Fun Facts and Stats about Job Searches in 2018

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By Lorna Faires

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5_Fun_Facts_and_Stats_about_Job_Searches_in_2018Although the basics of searching for a job remain the same, there are also trends and changes in the way job searches take place. For example, job seekers have shifted from newspapers to online classified ads to social media networks like LinkedIn over the years.

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For this reason, searching for a job in 2018 is different than it was even a decade ago. These facts and stats reflect the ongoing evolution of the job search.

1. Social Media Powers Job Searches

As already mentioned, social media has changed the way people look for jobs. In 2018, well over two-thirds of job seekers take to social networks like LinkedIn and Facebook when they’re looking for a new job. The number climbs even higher when you consider younger workers.

LinkedIn is by far the most popular social network for job searching. Recruiters also realize more success here. Around 11 million jobs are posted on LinkedIn at any given time, making it a great place to start a job search.

2. Low Unemployment is Making Job Searching Easier

Canada’s unemployment hit a 40-year low in December 2017, and it’s remained relatively steady since then. This low unemployment situation has spurred talent shortages across the country. As employers add new jobs, they’re increasingly facing stiff competition to fill those positions.

This is good news for job seekers, who may find their job search doesn’t take as long as it did just a couple years ago. Hiring managers, on the other hand, have a challenge ahead of them.

3. Global Recruitment is on the Rise

More job searches are going international. While many employers still prefer to hire locally, technological advancements are making it possible to work from anywhere. Talent shortages are also driving employers to look further afield.

Hiring volume is expected to increase in some countries, including the UK and the US.

4. Cultural Fit is More Important Than Ever

Around 80 percent of Millennial job seekers will consider cultural fit as part of accepting a job offer. If they don’t believe they’ll fit with the company culture, they’re much less likely to take the job.

Millennials are also considering jobs with growth opportunities. More than half of this demographic believes the chance to continue growing and moving up the ladder is the best benefit a job can offer.

5. Job Searches are Happening on Mobile

Just as job searches have shifted to social media, they’re also following the trend towards mobile. Almost half of job seekers will look for jobs on their mobile device, sometimes even daily.

The emphasis job seekers put on mobile is even more stark. According to Glassdoor, almost 90 percent of job seekers today believe mobile devices play a critical role in the job search process.

These facts and figures prove just how different job searches are in 2018. It’s doubtless that the job search will continue to evolve and change into the future as well. Contact Liberty Staffing today if you’re searching for a job!


Lorna Faires

I have over 15 years of experience in the staffing industry, in a management role. I possess a strong background in recruitment, screening, and connecting candidates with the right employment opportunities. I love all animals, but especially my 3 dogs. Hiking and canoeing are my passions, and getting out into nature and being unplugged is my favourite way to spend my vacations.

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