computer1.jpgThere’s nothing wrong with using the Internet for your job search but don’t use it as a crutch.

I recently got the results of a survey that showed many of you are spending an average of 50 hours a month on the Web searching for work.

The survey by Kelton Research, commissioned by job-search website RiseSmart, found:

*Among jobseekers who use the Internet in their job search, 58 percent of respondents searched online at least an hour per day.

*Of those respondents who searched online at least an hour per day, the average time reported searching online is 2.5 hours per day.

*Among jobseekers under 35, nearly 40 percent spend 2+ hours per day searching online.

*Nearly 1 in 3 workers (32 percent) who are currently employed are spending at least an hour a day online in job searches.

*1 in 10 online jobseekers search for 4+ hours per day.

The one statistic I was looking for was not in the release the company sent me. I wanted to know how many of these Internet job-seeking junkies had actually gotten a job as a result of all this surfing.

I emailed to find out.

This is the reply I got from a spokes person for RiseSmart:

“Sorry, we only asked about the time spent searching — not the results.”

There in lies the problem. Since the Internet is really a new phenomenon, all of us are still treating it like it’s something from outer space. It’s interesting that we’re sitting in front of our computers all day and surfing the Worldwide web, but what we get out of it is still the secondary story.

When it comes to people who just sit in front of their computers, career expert Randall Hansen says, “I just want to scream at them, ‘have you actually talked to someone lately?’”

Hansen with Quintessential Careers thinks job seekers spend a few hours at the computer searching and the rest, and they think that’s enough. “They feel they’ve accomplished something so they now can go to the beach or pool for the afternoon,” he quips. This is a bad thing, he explains, because then they don’t feel compelled to engage in what really gets you a job, networking. Yes, actually talking to people, calling people, having lunch or drinks with people.

So, step away from the computer. You never know what you might find…maybe a job.

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