The internet has changed many things over the past decade or two, BusinessWeek reports — including how we search for jobs. While networking is, and traditionally has been, the best way to find a new job, the second most effective tool is another type of networking: sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, according to a poll released Aug. 17 by placement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas. LinkedIn, while not as flashy as its social-networking brethren, is perhaps the most useful of the bunch for job hunting, because of its employment- and recommendation-focused profiles. Its total visitors have doubled since last year. And employment-focused web sites have been popular with venture capitalists as well as job seekers. Job search engine Simply Hired recently raised $4.6 million in a fourth round of funding, and Glassdoor, an anonymous employer and salary review site, raised $6.5 million last fall. It’s estimated that Craigslist will generate more than $100 million in revenue this year, a 24-percent jump over the 2008 estimate, with much of that revenue coming from job listings. Meanwhile, for America’s newspapers, total revenue from job listings–a former cash cow for the industry–dropped 42.5 percent in 2008, to $2.2 billion, the worst drop in history, according to the Newspaper Association of America…

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