ONLINE JOB-HUNTING ON THE RISE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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Online job-seekers are more experienced and older than is traditionally believed, and visitors to online job boards spend more time engaging with the Web site than in other information-only Web sites. This is according to statistics released by SA career Web site, CareerJunction.

CareerJunction reports that there has been a 27% increase in the amount of new career seekers registering on CareerJunction, completing their resumés and making their resumés searchable since April 2006.

Between April 2006 and March 2007, over 190 000 new career seekers registered on CareerJunction, with around 100 000 of them completing their resumés. And during the month of March 2007, CareerJunction received a record posting of more than 36 000 fresh jobs, over 5,7m job views and over 630 000 job applications.

"In the past, we had more 'curious' users who visited the Web site but were wary of loading their details into an online resumé. However these days, transacting and interacting on the internet is the norm, and job seekers are a lot more comfortable with storing their resumés in an online format and applying for jobs online,” says Kris Jarzebowski, CEO of CareerJunction.

The increase in job application activity on CareerJunction corresponds with the surge of traffic to the Web site, which now receives an average of over 280 000 unique visitors and more than 13m page impressions per month.

CareerJunction has also noted an increase in the career level and age of online job seekers. “Traditionally, the Internet was seen to be a domain predominantly for the youth and those just entering the job market, however it is interesting to note that only 14% of our career seekers are below the age of 24, 67% are between the ages of 25 and 39, and 15% are over the age of 40. In terms of career level, 55% of career seekers are in a skilled, senior or management level,” emphasises Jarzebowski.

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