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.
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?