A large portion of the workforce feel they are overqualified for their job yet don’t have high hopes of finding a new job. Well at least according to the latest results of the 2012 Jobvite Social Job Seeker Survey.

The results are based on a survey of 2,108 adults, 1,266 of them were in jobs. Respondents were asked how they feel about their careers, as well as the role social media is playing in their job search. Facebook is still king when it comes to social media, with 85 per cent of respondents on Facebook, compared to 51 per cent on Twitter and 44 per cent on LinkedIn. However, LinkedIn and Twitter are making up ground quickly.

Here’s some highlights from the survey:

  • 69 per cent of employed Americans are actively seeking or open to a new job, up from 61 per cent in 2011
  • 61 per cent of job seekers say finding a job’s gotten harder in the past year
  • 41 per cent of employed job seekers think they are overqualified for their job
  • 1/3 of job seekers are less optimistic about finding the right job
  • 86 per cent of recruiters said they view potential candidates social media profiles
  • 52  per cent of job seekers use Facebook to help find work, up from 48 per cent in 2011
  • 38 per cent of job seekers use LinkedIn to help find work, up from 3 per cent  in 2011
  • 34 per cent of job seekers use Twitter to help find work, up from 26 per cent in 2011