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Tapping Into The Hidden Job Market

Top Social Media Sites for Job Searching

From About.com:

Networking is one of the most important components of job searching. Use these top social and professional networking sites to enhance your career and boost your job search, and learn how to use social networking sites to job search.

LinkedIn
How to use the full power of LinkedIn to job search, including effectively using your connections and utilizing all the information available on LinkedIn when you’re applying for jobs.

Facebook
If you’re using Facebook for professional networking, and more people are every day, here are tips on the best way to use Facebook when you’re job searching.

Twitter
Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service utilising instant messaging, SMS or a web interface. Twitter is open ended and people and companies use it in a variety of ways, including to job search.

MySpace
MySpace is a social networking website offering users the opportunity to connect through personal profiles, blogs, groups and other features.

Ning
Ning is an online service to create, customize, and share a social network. Users have used Ning to create online social networks about lots of subjects, including jobs and the job search.

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04/23/2009 Posted by | networking | , , , , | Leave a comment

Twitter Best Practices

To tweet or not to tweet?

Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that costs nothing for users to access and little effort to keep in touch with busy friends. It can also help you build your brand or brand you as an expert.

Employers are using Twitter, too. Zappos, for example, has a link to Twitter on their home page, so you can see what Zappo employers are doing now and the company is using Twitter to recruit. Rainier PR has recruited and hired using Twitter. ATT posts open positions on Twitter. Many other companies have a corporate presence on Twitter. Search by the company name to find them.

According to an article in DMNews, Jeremiah Owyang from Forrester Research agrees that social networks allow all parties involved to better search for and reach their target.

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03/21/2009 Posted by | job search | , , | 1 Comment

Twitter Job Search

29,646 new jobs in the last 7 days

From the TwitterJobSearch About Us page:

“Until now, search engines for social media sites merely looked for words.  We’re looking at context. We use semantic tools to look at what was said. We then look at what they’ve said before. We then look at who was saying it. “

From The Loan Wolf Librarian: TwitterJobSearch pulls up Tweets that are only job-related and links to the underlying job posting. Most of these seem to link to other job sites such as CareerBuilder or more niche job sites, which all seem to be using Twitter to post their latest openings. But with TwitterJobSearch, you search across all of them, and results are ranked by both relevance and by how recently they’ve been posted.

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03/20/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , | 4 Comments

Top 10 Social Sites for Finding a Job

From www.mashable.com

Some of these sites allow you to craft a resume, while others are networking platforms that contain job listings. By signing up for all ten, you increase your chances of getting a job and decrease the amount of time you’ll spend searching for a new one. Three of the listed sites can be combined with other sites to be more impactful. In addition to joining, creating profiles and searching for jobs, I encourage you to support these sites with either a traditional website or blog, so that you have more to present to employers, in addition to your profile.

LinkedIn is by far the #1 spot for job seekers, those currently employed, marketers who are looking to build lists and salespeople who are seeking out new clients.

Plaxo is a social network that resembles LinkedIn to a certain degree. You’re able to create your own profile with a section about you, your contact information and your “pulse stream,” which is made up of your presence on social media sites such as Twitter.

Twitter is an amazing tool if you can unlock its power. It breaks down communication barriers and lets you talk directly to hiring managers, without having to submit a resume immediately to a machine.

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03/07/2009 Posted by | job search | , , , , , , , , , | 5 Comments