The U.S. labor market has undoubtedly improved in the last five years—even if it remains tight. So what are the unemployed doing, and not doing, in order to find work?
Meanwhile, the number of long-term unemployed, or those out of work for 27 weeks or more, remains at 3.4 million people, or 34.6 percent of the jobless. And there are the millions of people who are said to have given up looking for work.
When it comes to finding employment, the Internet remains the focus of job searches, according to a new online survey from Express Employment Professionals, a full-time and part-time staffing firm.
The survey of 1,500 unemployed adults aged 18 or older who are capable of working shows that all use the Internet in some way: (click here for full results)
But finding a job requires a lot more than submitting a resume online, said Bob Funk, chairman and CEO of Express. "There's a misconception that using the Internet is the only way to find work," he said.
"People really need to go out in person, beat the pavement so to speak, and make face-to-face connections," Funk added. "It's difficult to do, but it's a game-changer when it comes to finding a job."
Funk said that it's the smaller firms rather than larger companies that are doing much of the hiring, and those are the types of companies that prefer meeting a job candidate in the flesh. He emphasized the need for job seekers to network with others in the field they want to enter.
While 90 percent of those surveyed said they are working hard to find a job, the amount of time they spend doing so varies greatly.
The survey revealed how many hours people spent looking for work in the week prior to the survey:
The survey also found out that interviews are hard to come by:
For many, moving to another state to find work, or getting more education, is not an answer:
—By CNBC's Mark Koba