Employers can also increasetheir chances of finding the right talent by making their postingsavailable via smartphones, as more people are on-the-move thanever. (Photo: Shutterstock)

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How do people find jobs? Turns out it's via both the latestdigital technology and the longstandingtried-and-true method of nurturing professional relationships—i.e.,networking.

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Clutch surveyed 507 people who began a new job withinthe past six months and found that online job boards are the most popular sourceof new jobs–nearly half of recent hires (41 percent) found theircurrent role through an online job board. However, the moretraditional method of networking is the second-most popular way tofind a new job, with a quarter (25 percent) of the respondentssaying that networking led to their current role.

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Related: 10 ways to reach job seekers in the digitalage

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Men and women are equally likely to find a job throughnetworking, but women are more likely to find a job through anonline job board (44 percent) than men (33 percent), according tothe survey.

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An up-and-coming way to finding a job is through social media,listed by 14 percent of respondents, while an email newsletter fromeither an individual company or from an industry source was citedas a job source by 5 percent.

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“Today, job seekers rely on a mix of traditional and digitalresources when searching for their next role,” Clutch's MichelleDelgado writes. “Companies should post their job listings on onlinejob boards such as Indeed and LinkedIn, network with candidates andeven use social media to hire their next employee.”

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For employers that use on online job boards to find workers,they can increase their chances of appearing in relevant jobsearches by including popular keywords in the job descriptions, aswell as details such as the level of experience they are seeking,the specific location of the job location and whether or not thejob is full-time or part-time, Delgado writes.

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“Hiring managers and HR professionals should research similarjob listings in their area to determine which phrasing is mostcommonly used,” she writes. “Candidates rely on automatic jobalerts to discover new opportunities, so companies should optimizetheir online job board postings to increase their chances ofappearing there.”

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Employers can also increase their chances of finding the righttalent by making their postings available via smartphones, as morepeople are on-the-move than ever, according to HRDive.

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But no matter the method people choose to find a job, thecandidate's experience should be top-of-mind for employers. “Byknowing how job seekers conduct their searches and what tools andplatforms they prefer to use, recruiters can create a betterexperience,” HRDive writes. “With a variety of tech toolsavailable, recruiters can make candidates' experiences positive byhumanizing the recruitment and hiring process. Today's candidateswant and expect more humanization in what can seem like animpersonal set of procedures.”

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Katie Kuehner-Hebert

Katie Kuehner-Hebert is a freelance writer based in Running Springs, Calif. She has more than three decades of journalism experience, with particular expertise in employee benefits and other human resource topics.