menu

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

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

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.

Social Network Helps College Students Showcase Skills, Find The Perfect Job

Agency Uses Drawing App To Choose Their Interns

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

Trending

Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Related Expert

Rob Katcher

Mobile Payments

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed november 22, 2016

Digital Strategist: Why “Big Sensing” Is Key To Retail’s Future

Bud Caddell, Founder of NOBL, shares why the most capable and useful asset in any retail environment is the workforce

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Retail december 2, 2016

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

Fashion december 2, 2016

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work december 2, 2016

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing december 2, 2016

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Arts & Culture december 2, 2016

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

Automotive december 2, 2016

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

No search results found.