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Can Social Networks Help You Land Your Next Job? [Future Of Work]

Can Social Networks Help You Land Your Next Job? [Future Of Work]
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As PSFK looks at innovative hiring practices, we ask our readers to tell us how they found their current job.

Wesley Robison
  • 27 august 2012

How is social networking changing the job hunt for employers and employees?

Regardless of what level of success we’ve achieved in our careers, searching and landing the perfect job can be an arduous process of countless cover letters and few face-to-face interviews, and when looking for the ideal candidate to fill a role, we’re often faced with stacks of faceless resumes from candidates with similar skills. Neither scenario is ideal.

Access to technology and improved global education have increased the pool of qualified jobseekers both locally and abroad, and the current recession brought the US employment rate to a 30 year high causing even more people to hot the virtual pavement to find work. In addition, HR departments are looking to ensure that their new hires mesh with their company’s culture and grow with organization over time.

As a result, the need for potential employees to showcase their unique attributes and set themselves apart is becoming crucial, and employers are seeking better ways to help them identify their next star. A host of new social networking platforms and practices are making that possible.

Innovative companies like Zappos and Google have put programs into action that quickly find the best employees and employees that will fit in and last. Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos said “We’ve passed on a lot of smart people who aren’t good for the culture. Choosing employees that fit with and are dedicated to the company’s stated culture leads to a happier work environment, more dedicated employees and, eventually, greater profits.”
Zappos has even offered employees $2,000 to leave if they don’t feel Zappos is a fit for them after their initial training.

Innovative companies have taken this thinking and created new services to help hiring managers and candidates. Take a look at creative companies that are finding qualified employees and are leveraging social networks to do so.

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PSFK is asking readers to tell us how you found your current job? Send us your answers here for a chance to win a year long LinkedIn Pro upgrade.

Was your job hunt a pain? Did you end up with a job you think isn’t the best fit? What went wrong and what you think could go better? Share your thoughts here and feel free to Tweet us @psfk using #FoW #SocialHiring.

Over the next 4-8 weeks we want to start a conversation around what you see as possible in the Future of Work.  Be sure to follow the conversation on PSFK and participate in the daily competitions. Tweet us your ideas to @psfk using #FoW

Check out last week’s look at the influence design is having on the office of the future, read more about it here.

Images Via: Imotov & Strategy-Business

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