36.6 Million Americans Got Their Current Jobs Through Social Media [Infographic]

By Megan O'Neill 

These days more and more job hunters are turning to social media to find work and a new infographic that compiles data from Jobvite, LinkedIn, CNN, and JobSearch reveals just how prevalent social media job searching has become.  The infographic, ‘Can Facebook Get You A Job?’ reveals that a whopping 36.6 million Americans say that they got their current job via social media.

That 36.6 million can be broken down as follows:  18.4 million Americans say they got their current job via Facebook, 8 million via Twitter and 10.2 million via LinkedIn.  These people account for 16 percent of all employees, up from 11 percent in 2010.

To put these numbers in perspective, the infographic reveals that the number of jobseekers that found jobs with the help of Facebook is more than the total populations of New York City and Los Angeles combined, the number of American’s that found jobs via Twitter is equal to the size of New Jersey, and the group that found success with LinkedIn is larger than the state of Michigan.  There’s no hiding the fact that social media has become huge in the job search department.

Find out more statistics about how social media is reshaping the job search in the infographic below.  If you’re currently looking for a job, check out Amanda Cosco’s article on How To Use Facebook To Target Your Dream Job.  Have you used social media to find a job in the past?  We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.