How Does Social Media fit in YOUR JobSearch?

How does social media fit in the jobsearch

Social Media in Job Search #1

To me, it seems everyone is talking about social media so other than an occasional LinkedIn article, like My Journey with LinkedIn or the post, LinkedIn or LinkedOut?, I have blogged about other aspects of job search.

A friend from Facebook said,  yes, everyone is talking but that doesn’t mean everyone understands it. He said many people don’t even understand that the rules of looking for a job have changed dramatically. Or that the way companies look for prospective employees have been transformed by social media.

How Does Social Media fit in YOUR JobSearch?

The resume is not passe, you still need it. But it is only the first step in a comprehensive job search. I’m not a job seeker, I’m a career professional. I explored social media partly because it fascinated me and partly because I could see where it was going. I started first by reading blogs to helped me understand other aspects.

Jason Alba from JibberJobber wrote this post about The Dark Side of Unemployment Insurance dealing with how someone who is unemployed feels on unemployment. He comments on how the system doesn’t make you feel much better about yourself. Susan P. Joyce founded Jason sites Susan and her resource in his blog post,, A Website You Can Trust as someone who is on top of the whole job search process and cares about the job seeker.

How do you figure out whose blog to read?

Where do you start? You start just like I did. With someone you trust and then you move on.

From trusted bloggers that led me to more blogs, I went to Twitter… stay tuned for how I think Twitter can help in a job search.

What do you want to know about the role of social media in a job search? You let me know and I will write it. I know all the right people and where to find them!

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  1. TJ on October 16, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Interesting topic Julie. Seems like there may be more in blogging, and look forward to twitter. Most interesting personally is the answer to “I’m on LinkedIn, Now What?”. Have a good sized network, still not getting much results. Tons of network requests though, so it’s moving forward.

    You got all those questions from one person? They sound pretty inquisitive. heheh 😀 Thanks!

  2. Julie on October 16, 2009 at 10:09 am

    A network is a tool, TJ, and though LI is the place for jobseekers to be, you need to be proactive and not just be there. Once you have a good LinkedIn profile, which means don’t just list where you worked, you need to show your value, illustrate your personal brand, indicate your accomplishments, and weave in your CAR stories – Challenges, actions, and results… ok, I feel another blog post coming on… stay tuned. 🙂

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