New Career Finding Strategies for Job Searchers
My now-fiance had a great blog post idea: How social media is transforming the job search and recruiting field – Thus, here we are, and below I hope you find some great helpful resources and add to this developing list.
Social Networking Sites
Linkedin – Not only does Linkedin allow people to post jobs, but you can also post jobs yourself, or send jobs to your connections. In addition, you can search for jobs at certain firms, see who posted them, and see if you know anyone who works there. Very informative for the investigative types.
Facebook – Certain Facebook group and fan pages are used for recruiting potential job candidates. For example, the U.S. Department of State uses its fan page as a recruiting tool into foreign policy, public affairs, foreign services officer, or even offers to help navigate a career path.
MyWorkster – MyWorkster offers its users a professional presence online. You can create a profile, resume and even a video resume. This network also has a job listing database, blogs, and more.
Twitter Recruiter’s/Job Postings
Many people post job openings they’ve either heard about or are currently trying to fill in a tweet, with a link to the job posting. (One great reason alone to become a Twitter-er!) However, more companies and individuals are creating Twitter-streams to post jobs and recruit talent. Some include:
- Jim Stroud
- Jason Alba
- Interactive Jobs
Jim Stroud over at the Recruiters Lounge has posted about recruiters and Twitter…surprised that he could only find 85 recruiters in a Twitter search! In my opinion, that’s 85 reasons right there to start a twitter feed.
To find information on a particular industry or job field, use Twitter Search to conduct a search query for certain keywords like “job positions,” “recruiter” or “career advice.”
TwitHire is also a Twitter application that lets you bundle your job postings into 140 characters. It’s also a great resource to look at current job openings.
Jeremiah Owyang has created a blog series “On the Move,” highlighting individuals moving within the social media profession. The series also lists great resources to getting plugged into a social media job, as well as listing current high-profile movers and shakers in the social media world (those who work at Fortune 5000 firms with 1000 employees or more).
Search for blogs based in the city you want to work. For example, KCRecruiting is a Kansas city blog that works to connect job seekers with KC opportunities or author Jim Durbin’s other more general blog, Social Media Headhunter.
- Job Fox,
- Job-Hunt ( who has a list of Fortune 500 career sites and employers by state!),
- the Web site of the firm you want to work for,
- employee blogs or Twitter account,
- CEO blogs of the firm(s) you want to work for,
- researching the firm’s social media use/presence,
- industry-specific list servs,
- your college/University network,
- your schools network (i.e. Mizzou Mafia for Missouri Journalism),
- fraternity and sorority networks,
- professional organization networks and Web sites,
- Honorary organizations (i.e. Delta Sigma Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa)
- listen to career advice and industry news podcasts
- Word of Mouth (friends, parents, mentors)
Basically, my research has shown that social media is revolutionizing now only business – but how to get employees, find employees and to become an employee.
I know this is a huge, developing topic. And, there’s lots to add, so I look forward to hearing from you all and your experiences. =)
*Note: I didn’t make this information industry specific, but I could if you guys would like. It does lean a bit towards those in social media….course, I’ve also noticed that for social media job searchers, in a way, you have the easiest of jobs because those are the jobs people are posting in the social media space. Other fields/industries are a bit slow to catch on…are
am I wrong?
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