The era of the social job search has arrived. Networking has always been at the root of jobhunting. It is highly developed in traditional environments; namely in formal and informal real-world affairs. Add social web tools to these traditional environments and you create your social network. This is the starting point for your job search, using Networking 2.0.
Sites like Facebook and Myspace are designed for friends to share experiences, but they lack the tools for business oriented transactions (aside from ‘hooking-up’). LinkedIn provides a backbone for connected industry workers to tap associative talent. LinkedIn provides a perfect environment to make/seek introductions, which is why you should expand your connections. But does the size of one’s LinkedIn network increase the effectiveness of a job search? I would answer in the positive, and here is why I think that LinkedIn is a useful tool in your Jobhunt 2.0 arsenal.
Like buying more than one lottery ticket, the central tenant of the social job search is the more people who know that you are seeking employment; the more you increase the odds finding a job. As a job seeker, a large LinkedIn profile allows you to broadcast to all your contacts the fact that you are seeking employment. It gives them an opportunity to see your credentials, and its dissemination can explode exponentially. Kathryn Lagden of AIMS Canada commented in the first jobhutning installment that:
my first step when starting a job hunt is to write a short
(3-4 sentence) paragraph about what I’m looking for and send it to my
personal contacts. It makes it really easy for folks to hit the
‘forward’ button and send it on.
Kathryn could not be more correct in my opinion. This great approach
cultivates your jobsearch organically, and introduces others into your
pool of aides. Seeding your resume through these two channels will
increase the likelihood that someone will take notice of you. It is a
good first step in publicizing yourself and your skill set.
What other tools would you recommend? Post them below.