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Ministry of Manpower shows job search shift in digital era.

Chart of the Day: 41.9% of professionals uploaded resumes to social media

This signals a shift in job hunting in the digital era.

Over four in 10 or 41.9% of professionals, managers, executives, and technicians (PMETs) uploaded their resumes online in 2021 through social networking sites including LinkedIn and Facebook, according to the Ministry of Manpower.

This signals a change in modes of job hunting in the digital era, where developers share their portfolio of work via GitHub and data analysts create their own visualisation dashboard as part of their resumes. 

Employers also assumed a more proactive role in looking for talent by directly advertising online and sourcing for talent directly online as 52% of candidates responded to online job advertisements compared to more passive hiring such as going through intermediaries at employment agencies in 2009. 

In 2018, 48.6% non-PMETs found that asking friends and relatives was most effective in looking for jobs because of the likelihood of employers requiring immediate hiring from a reliable source. 

Walk-in interviews were also common at 23.4% as more non-PMET jobs such as those in the accommodation and food & beverage services industries required a larger number of hires on short notice. 

However, since​ the beginning of the pandemic, 46.9% of non-PMETs in 2021 find placement or response to online job advertisements more effective as safe distancing regulations of potential candidates altered their job search modes to online.

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