A study to determine what impacts the job search of entry-level candidates revealed that 63 per cent rely on job portals to find entry-level jobs. Internet search continues to be the most popular search method. Also, 46 per cent of the respondents would rather call the recruiters directly or write a mail (44 per cent) instead of simply sending an application for a job and wait.
The survey undertaken by PocketJobs, an entry-level hiring platform (part of TimesJobs), was aimed at finding out how the respondents had bagged their first job. About 44 per cent of them revealed that they landed their first job through an internet search, while about 40 per cent landed their first break through a reference. About 10 per cent relied on HR consultants to land their first job, whereas six per cent revealed that they found their first job reference through a newspaper ad.
Interestingly, the survey found that most entry-level employees begin looking out for other job opportunities within the first year of joining. The primary reasons for switching were salary, promotion and role change.
Of the 1,138 respondents who participated in the survey, 90 per cent found map-based (location-based/nearby) job search features very effective and useful. Also, candidates preferred to see information pertaining to salary, location, company name, domain/industry, stated in that order. English was found to be the most preferred language by 97 per cent respondents.
Another interesting revelation was that 52 per cent of the job seekers searched for jobs after 9 p.m. in the night. About 35 per cent did so in the morning, while travelling to work.