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Alexandria, Va. − Though personal relationships remain the top source for career networking, use of online professional networking sites is gaining popularity according to a survey released today by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
Nearly 20 percent of employees use online professional networking sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo, while 16 percent use online social networking sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and Friendster according to the survey,
“Networking Professionally: Employee Perspective.” The survey examines face-to-face and online networking trends.
The top five sources for career networking include:
friends and relatives (67 percent);
colleagues (56 percent);
conferences/trade shows/conventions (26 percent);
supervisors/managers/higher level professionals in supervisory role (also 26 percent); and
clients (25 percent).
“Relative to other networking methods, online social networking still lacks in popularity as a career tool but as job seekers look for more nontraditional approaches to making connections that lead to jobs, we might see an increase in use of online social networking in the near future,” said Steve Williams, SHRM's director of research.
Career networking via online professional networking sites ranked eighth while social networking sites ranked tenth. The poll includes 15 categories.
Additional survey highlights include:
The poll surveyed 605 full-time or part-time employed U.S. residents. Reporters may read the complete SHRM poll, and others, at:
About the Society for Human Resource Management
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India. Visit SHRM Online at
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