Twittering taking job boards to a whole other level!

Social Media has become the new hub for posting job opportunities and attracting potential candidates, including those who weren’t necessarily “searching”. I don’t believe we will ever get away from the core of finding the hidden gems of job/career opportunities, it has been and will always been a world where who you know or who knows you - puts you in the lead. But now it has grown, social media has expand this “who you know, and who knows you” rule of engagement; there is now another level, the how you know them – meaning through what avenue...

Welcome to the world of Facebook and Twitter-land! In today’s world where many things are about “timing”, what better than to get your opportunities out amongst millions within a click of the button. According to a recent news article, Lucia Mancuso, President of The Blog Studio in Toronto was quoted as saying, “I hire all my staff through Twitter.” So how does this tie into the age old “it’s who you know, that helps land you that job”? Well, welcome to the “who you know and who knows you connection” across the limitless universe of the internet. Now instead of the phone calls between connections, it’s as easy as a Tweet! Try comparing the time it would take to call all your connections and contacts versus being able to Tweet a request for a recommendation on who would be a great hire for your newest opening.

It seems that we are moving away from what was once a cold calling approach to securing job opportunities and are moving towards the social media wave of recommendations.

How many of you have secured a job opportunity thanks to social media, or a social media recommendation?

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Tags: Facebook, Hiring, Network, Recommendation, Recruiting, Twitter

Comment by C. B. Stalling!! on October 5, 2010 at 7:56am
Twitter this.....Twitter is one tool.
You say "It seems that we are moving away from what was once a cold calling approach to securing job opportunities and are moving towards the social media wave of recommendations."

I still value the phone more than any job job board....show me someone that spends hrs on social sites and I say they will be out of the recruiting game before they spell placement....
Comment by Lisa Switzer on October 5, 2010 at 12:28pm
Ah yes! I have seen a backlash in some organizations and with some professionals. I know of clients that have set time in the day where its employees can not use social media or technology (i.e. email) to communicate - they must get out from behind their desk and actually get to know their colleagues, or pick up the phone and talk to get work done. Alas, I have also found that growing numbers are just as happy focusing on social media and email as the primary communication and marketing medium....perhaps the truth lies some where in the middle.

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