Finding the Dream Job using Social Media

Thoughts By 8 years ago

Unemployed? Perhaps spending your jobless days on the net and more specifically social media sites is not such a bad habit to get into after all.
Typing ‘job search’ into Twitter’s search engine shows how effective social media can be in assisting in the quest for employment. Whether all results from this Twitter search are credible is another story. It is important to be selective and critical.

Twitter has a number of applications dedicated to finding jobs, including ‘Twitter Job Search’ and ‘Twellow’ (Twitter’s version of the Yellow Pages).

Linkedin is another social networking site that can be of help in the job hunt. This site is a business centred social network that allows professionals a tool on which they can ‘exchange information, ideas and opportunities’. Taking the traditional act of business networking to the web speeds up the process and allows contacts and introductions to be made which previously may not have been possible. However not everyone is a fan. Tom Davenport from Harvard Business Publishing argues that Linkedin is not a social network as its purpose is purely business, not social. He also claims that Linkedin is not beneficial as a business networking system.

His article supports a point I made earlier. Selectivity and a critical eye are essential when using social media in the job hunt. With all the networks and applications Web 2.0 provides it could be possible to get caught up in this and spend time on networking which does not produce any useful results. I am not disregarding the serious advantage of using social networks such as Linkedin to aid in the job hunt merely advising caution.

On this note, with everyone in a frenzy to use social media to find the dream job, perhaps it would be worth taking the old fashioned approach. Has anyone heard of Australia Post? An expression of interest in the hands of the HR manager or even a direct phone call may have more effect than an online business card or an email introduction. Does social media try so hard to make a job search easier that it renders the process impersonal and therefore fruitless?

  • Cara

    Emily, i find the question you leave us with interesting and relevant to a situation i found myself in earlier this year. While situated in Melbourne i was looking for the ‘dream’ internship in Sydney that would hopefully lead to the ‘dream’ job. without being able to approach people face to face i took my search to the web. It was a great resource in finding studios in relation to my internship goal, it provided more in depth information , emails contact phone numbers etc. There were links to blogs as well as face book pages to join and twitters to follow! With one chance to make an impression i skipped the net and took to the phone. Yes it takes you out of your comfort zone, no computer screen to hide behind no delete button to take back the awkward introduction. To my benefit i found myself in a conversation with the owner and to my surprise a positive response to my interest in an internship. Fast forward three months and i was in Sydney completing a fantastic internship that could lead to a ‘dream job’ and the most interesting thing i can leave you with is that the owner commented that it was the personal phone call and conversation that interested her in the first place even before the portfolio: she had hit the delete button on a number of emails in regards to internships simply because their process was impersonal and therefore fruitless!

    • emily

      Thanks for your comment Cara. Your example is exactly what I had in mind when posing the question. In some cases, social media can make contacting potential employees so easy the act loses effect, as your employer found. Amongst the numerous emails, tweets and messages your ‘old fashioned’ phone call made the biggest impression on her. I admire your approach!