Surveys: Job Seekers Like Net But Can’t Find Dream Job

Australians may be turning to the Internet to
look for a job, but half of them may not find what they’re looking for,
according to research from two different Australian online recruitment
providers.

Top Jobs on the Net released its own report at the Internet World 99
conference in Sydney last week, saying that half of the respondents to
its survey cannot find a job to match their experience and needs.

Later in the week, a survey commissioned from local research firm APT
Strategies
by Seek Communications found that 23 percent of Australian
Internet users will “probably or definitely” apply for a job online in the
next six months.

It was not clear whether the two surveys considered together were an
indication of the failure of the Internet to deliver a different result to traditional print-based classified advertisements, or that the
disillusionment was driving adoption of the Net, but the online recruitment companies wasted no time in pushing the latter option.

“We are amazed that such highly skilled, highly sought-after professionals
have difficulties finding the right job — especially since the market for
these individuals is set to continue its pace of growth,” said Graham Sharp
Paul, managing director of Top Jobs on the Net.

Paul Bassat, CEO of Seek, said the pendulum had clearly away from
traditional old media forms of finding a job.

“The APT Strategies survey result is another indication of the growing
popularity of the Internet as a job-seeking tool,” he said.

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