Social Job Hunting

4 Mar

I’ve recently found myself in the job market. After 3 years of babies and studies I’ve decided its time to delve back into the type of work in which I have conversations that involve topics outside of elmo and dinosaurs (although I do really like dinosaurs). After a quick revisit to my resume I was stuck by the cold hard fact that I no longer had any idea where to start in hunting for a position.

Linked-In has become an asset for those of us in the tech industry to connect and network around work. But having a profile and a couple of recommendations does not mean job offers will just start pouring in. I decided it was time to seek some assistance with my hunt and create a new job seeking strategy. After reading a multitude of mostly useless articles about how to get a job it was clear that I needed more tailored advise. Kevin Randolph may be one of the most social savvy individuals I’ve met and happens to specialize in this topic specifically.

A good long talk with Kevin gave me insight into the tools social media has to offer to both the job seeker as well as perspective employers. The following highlights some of the key points from Kevin that have inspired me and influenced my social networking employment strategy.

How do you think the internet has changed the job hunting experience?

Initially I thought the internet opened a world of opportunities for job seekers; all the listings you could imagine in one place. Unfortunately that seems to have changed, and like everything good, there is a down-side. Now it seems that a high percentage of job listings online are scams, attempts to collect your personal data, and even your money. The average job seeker online has to now be wary about the post for the great job they’ve seen, for fear that it’s fake, and not only will it be a waste of time to apply, but now a stranger somewhere with a careerbuilder account has their name, physical and email addresses as well as phone number.

Do you think that social networking and social media are key players in finding a job?

It seems now that social media is becoming a key player in job postings/searches. I now make it a point to search twitter for jobs in my area. Granted a lot of the time it takes me to postings I’ve already seen, but there are times when I discover new sites that have a wealth of postings.

What is your best piece of advise for other job seekers?

There are days when I grow frustrated and think it will never end, so my advice to other job seekers is to continue the hunt, and if they feel overwhelmed or lost take a day off from all the submissions to collect yourself and try again the day after.

Do you approach social media with goals? Is it a means to an end or just another tool?

I do not approach social media with goals. I use social media exactly for that, social media. It’s a chance to connect with people with like-interests. Quite honestly because word-of-mouth seems to be the main way people are able to find positions, social media seems to be the best modern representation of that, allowing your online presence to be your brand, thus providing the means to enter the information exchange.


So what does all of this mean for job seeker? What about employers? The short and long of it is that like many other facets of life the job hunt has been affected by social media and we all need to be prepared to accept the changes that come with that. Whether its creating an innovative site like www.KevinNeedsAJob.com or simply networking about your job needs on a regular basis through facebook and twitter, we all will need to take a little more time to remember that online job searching is still about networking and not just submitting resumes.
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