Job Seekers On The Internet

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Over the past decade, the internet has emerged as a major institution in the American labor market. The research question this dissertation addresses is: What are the patterns and trends in individual's use of the internet for job search today? Several hypotheses were tested. This dissertation presents the first systematic analysis of the most recent Special Supplement to the Current Population Survey, in 2003. Descriptive statistics, cross tabulation, and multivariate regression analysis were performed on job ...
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Overview

Over the past decade, the internet has emerged as a major institution in the American labor market. The research question this dissertation addresses is: What are the patterns and trends in individual's use of the internet for job search today? Several hypotheses were tested. This dissertation presents the first systematic analysis of the most recent Special Supplement to the Current Population Survey, in 2003. Descriptive statistics, cross tabulation, and multivariate regression analysis were performed on job seeker characteristics, use of the internet job search, and traditional methods of job search. Three Principal Findings Concern Internet Job Search in General . First, internet job search is an important component of the U.S. job market today. In 2003, 38% of unemployed and 14% of employed jobseekers searched online. Second, although internet job search now spreads across occupations and industries, its broadening has declined. Unlike internet job search in its earliest years, it is not confined to high technology jobs. Third, internet use for job search is correlated with overall computer and internet use. Three Principal Findings that Relate to Digital Divides First , "digital divides" in internet job search continue for some demographic groups. Asians and Whites continue to use it at higher rates than Blacks and Hispanics. Younger persons and persons with greater education also use it at higher rates. However, women now use internet job search at a slightly higher rate than men. Second, these demographic differences primarily reflect the education, income, occupation, and industry of jobseekers, not their demographic characteristics per se. Thus, although cross tabulations show Blacks using internet job search at a lower rate than Whites, according to logistic regression, after other characteristics are controlled, being Black increases the probability of internet job search. Third, the relationship between internet job search and "traditional" (non-internet) job search is complementary. The increasing scale and scope of internet job search has implications for public policy. First, internet job search should be tracked monthly in the CPS. Second, publicly-funded programs for the unemployed and under-employed might teach internet job search skills. Third, efforts to reduce "digital divides" in internet job search need to be carefully designed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781243960023
  • Publisher: BiblioLabsII
  • Publication date: 9/10/2011
  • Pages: 226
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.48 (d)

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