Traditional resume and job search methods are dying as 94% of Millennials look online for employment
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — May 17, 2011 — Elance, the leading platform for online employment, announced today the results of a new new national survey that examined Millennials (those born after 1981) and their attitudes and approaches to work. The survey revealed that technology and independence are critical for the next generation of workers, and showed that Millennials are turning online to find employment, citing freelance work as a cornerstone of their career strategy. Survey results also indicate that the traditional resume may be on its way out, with more than half (56%) of Millennials stating that they prefer a digital profile to the traditional resume. “Millennials are using digital profiles to showcase their skills and projects and leveraging their social networks to land jobs that promise more independence and flexibility than prior generations when they joined the workforce upon graduation,” says Ellen Pack, vice president of marketing at Elance. “With online employment platforms, Millennials can focus on building their digital portfolios and professional online reputations to offer their talents to companies all over the world.” Key findings from the survey:
- Help wanted and found online: 94% of Millennials turn to online job sites as their primary method for finding employment, and 40% indicate they are using social media to land jobs
- Is the traditional resume dying? More than half of Millennials (56%) state that digital profiles and online resumes are more effective than traditional resumes in landing a job
- Graduates declare their independence: 83% of Millennials state that working independently or freelancing is a cornerstone of their career strategy
About ElanceElance, the world’s leading platform for online employment, helps businesses hire and manage in the cloud. For businesses looking to staff-up a team on an hourly or project basis, Elance offers instant access to qualified professionals who work online. Elance provides the tools to hire, view work as it progresses and pay for results. Elance is faster and more cost-effective than job boards, staffing firms and traditional outsourcing. For skilled professionals who want to work online, Elance offers access to qualified clients, a virtual workplace and guaranteed pay for great work. Contractors have already earned more than $380 million on the Elance platform. The company is privately held and headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit www.elance.com.
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