Online Job Search: Online Networking
Overall trend is that online job boards are slowly dying. Job boards are becoming increasingly more costly, while yielding less than optimal results. With the Web 2.0 platform, the trend is that savvy candidates and employers are migrating away from traditional job boards to cheaper, more targeted alternatives.
- Talent Hubs: career related sites that grow groups of people based upon class of work rather than specific job title. Search functions are more targeted and effective than those on job boards and google searches online
- Forums, bulletin boards, trade organizations, etc.: these sites may cater to a specific population, and offer tips, education, instruction, tools, and resources to its members.
- Job sites: offer extensive job seeker profiles beyond the traditional resume and contact information. Employers are increasingly looking for more information than what is on a resume. These job sites can help the job seeker create an online profile for the employer to see.
- Examples include Jobfox, Itzbig, QuietAgent.com, Climber.com, MyPerfectGig.com, Vitruvia.com, Jobzerk.com.
Create a digital presence online. How can others find you? This is the ability to make yourself visible on the world wide web. This is a chance to create an online billboard. By creating a website, your profile is searchable on the World Wide Web by employers. Increasingly, this is done in a Web 2.0 format, which is moving from a text-based online “brochure” to a more interactive site. This allows more control and input from the job seeker, as well as the employer. (video, graphics, audio, blogs, wikis, chat, etc)
Online Social/Professional Networking: A way to network online—to find others and to let others find you in an appropriate setting.
- Examples include Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter, Ryze.com
- Trade Associations
- Alumni Organization
- “Affinity sites” (such as Women in Technology, for example)
Online Social/Professional Networking Tips
- Be careful what you post on sites, as it is accessible to a vast audience!
- Create material on your profile that is compelling, the same way you would when writing your resume. Use descriptive words and action words that best describe facts that you would like to highlight.
- Complete your profile: an incomplete profile might make you seem lazy
- Make sure others can proofread and critique your profile
- Use “status updates” to your advantage: you can advertise if you are looking for work. (but only if your current employer knows you are leaving, or if you have already left)
- Link blogs and other appropriate content to your profile
- Connect other networking sites to your profile
- Recommend others, and let others recommend you
- Participate in discussions and forums, when knowledgeable on chosen topic. (more exposure)
- Invite your real-world contacts to connect with you on trusted networking sites.