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Finding that Next Job

Is LinkedIn the Best Place to Find a Job?

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One of the best places to find a job may be the worst kept secret in America. The reason the word is out is because LinkedIn has moved aggressively to become the job board of choice.

Here are two ways that LinkedIn is helping you find a job:

First, LinkedIn is replacing traditional job boards like Monster.com as the go-to online resource for recruiters looking for candidates. After launching its Recruiter service in 2008 and Talent Pipeline in 2011, LinkedIn is now deriving more than half of its revenue ($138 million in the third quarter of 2012) from providing job services to recruiters. Recruiters like using LinkedIn and find it to be a cost-effective resource. The upshot? Make sure your LinkedIn profile is perfect, because recruiters are looking for you.

Here’s the second way LinkedIn is helping you find a job. On your homepage feed, they provide you with suggested jobs based on your profile. It’s almost like you have a recruiter working for you and you don’t have to do anything more than take a look at the suggested jobs. What could be easier?

LinkedIn is working hard to help find your next great job. Help them help you by keeping your profile up to date and looking good.

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January 3, 2013 Posted by | Dan Durazo, Job Search | | Leave a comment

Social Media Can Make or Break a Job Search

images-6Online social networking can be a key component to finding that next job. In fact, nowadays, online experts say using some sites, like Facebook, is almost mandatory. KING 5’s Deborah Feldman reports.


July 14, 2009 Posted by | Job Search, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Social Media for the Job Searcher

images-3The unemployment rate has hit 9.5 percent and this recession has gone on longer than any recession since the 1930s.  Nearly half a million jobs were lost in June alone.  This has made the job search even more challenging.  Successful job searchers will need to use every tool at their disposal to rise above potentially hundreds of others who are vying for the same job.

Episode 13 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network has some great tips about using Search Engine Optimization in your LinkedIn profile and in your resume.  Employers and recruiters are using keyword searches to find the right candidates.

As I’ve blogged before, twitter is the ultimate job search tool.  You can search for jobs on twitter using a twitter interface like TweetDeck.  You can also send out your own tweets about your job search.  

Social media has made great job search tools available to the masses.  Put those tools to good use.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Meetup for Job Search Success

images-3In the short time this blog has been in existence, I’ve chronicled a few of the many job search resources that are available to those looking for that next job.  Here’s a resource I found in Richmond and there is probably something similar in your neighborhood.

When I was job hunting, I joined a couple of job seeker groups that I found on the Meetup website.  One was Virginia Career Network and the other was Career Prospectors.  Both groups offer networking and lead sharing to job searchers, as well as how-to presentations on topics such as resume writing, using social media such as LinkedIn and my all time favorite, creating your own personal “elevator speech.”

A search of sites such as Meetup and LinkedIn will yield groups near you.  You can also check facebook and local government agencies for listings of similar organizations.  There are a lot of these groups out there, many are free, others charge a membership fee.  Some groups focus on certain industries such as technology.

Good luck in your job search and keep networking to find that next great job.

May 28, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Put on Your Job Face

images-12When it comes to the job search, social media is a great way to locate resources, make contacts and even find job listings.  While there are a number of social media websites all a-twitter (sorry!) with job search help, I had thought until now, that LinkedIn was the undisputed king of the job search.  After all, LinkedIn provides every conceivable industry networking opportunity, has great search capabilities and can show you how to connect to just the right person.

But a recent post on facebook caught my eye about the value of that website for the job search.  I am a facebook fan and am in awe of the site’s reach and the viral potential of its groups and fan pages.  But what I didn’t know was how many applications are available on facebook to help the job seeker.

AskBINC has identified 20 useful job search applications on facebook.  The apps range from simple but helpful, like posting a LinkedIn badge on your facebook page, to the really handy Indeed Job Search app that helps you find jobs where your friends work.  Many of the other 18 apps help you grow your social network which enhances the job search process.

facebook:  it’s not just for dumb quizzes anymore!

April 15, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , | 1 Comment