David Kirkpatrick

May 11, 2009

Social networking and the job search

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:52 pm

If you are in the position of looking for work, here’s an article outlining how some job seekers found employment utilizing social network sites like Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

From the link:

Brennan Carlson ( Facebook and LinkedIn), a newly hired product manager at e-mail marketing firm Lyris Inc., is an extreme example. He took a highly organized, scientific approach to his job search when he was laid off from Yahoo Video last winter.

This included using custom search engines, Greasemonkey(a Firefox plug-in allowing customized Web page appearances via JavaScript), scripts running on top of Firefox, widgets, mashups, a spreadsheet and a customized Netvibes “start page”that organizes blogs, news, weather, photos and social networks. Carlson also made concentrated use of social networking sites to present himself online and to research targeted companies.

LinkedIn was one of the most useful tools he used, as it is for almost everyone else we interviewed. It’s also a key tool for IT hiring managers and recruiters looking for candidates. It has become the de-facto must-use tool in today’s career environment.

But whether it’s LinkedIn or one of the other myriad services, these Web tools are vital to today’s IT job search, Carlson said.

“If you’re not online, get online,” Carlson said. “Be everywhere. Start using these services. . . If you’re not on Twitter, get there. Start Tweeting.”

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