Social Networking to get a job! Says who?

Desperate times call for desperate measures. Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, and maybe MySpace has increased your pool of who knows who. You even know about employment opportunities and workplace history. You chat about the good, the bad, and even the ugly of companies. You laugh as you take it all in. You may have a job. It may not be your dream job.  Through your social network; you hear about high turnovers, bad bosses, promotions, benefits, and job openings.

Guess what! That doesn’t mean they are referring you. That doesn’t mean you have their seal of approval to use their name to get your foot in the door. You need a job. You need a better job. You’re frustrated. You apply. You told them you were applying for a position. They said okay. Okay is not saying use me as a reference. Okay sounds like; “if that is what you want to do”. There was no; “I will let HR know you are applying”. They did not indicate an interest in putting in a good word for you.

This does not stop you from requesting an introduction to get interviewed. This does not stop you from asking to use them as a reference. This does not stop you from requesting more insight into the company from real world experience. Their lack of support does not stop you from applying. Their lack of support may cost you the position. Their lack of support may better your chances of getting hired. THEY MAY NOT WANT YOU TO WORK AT THE SAME COMPANY. YOU MAY BE THEIR FUTURE COMPETITION?

They may warn HR; which could cost you the interview. Chatting online does not guarantee anything offline; including a real friendship. Guess what? They may not want to see you or be near you offline.

Frustrated? Don’t let anger cause you to stop social networking. Know the difference online. Get the job based on what you bring to the table. Who you know my close the door; instead of opening it. Get hired. Success is the best revenge.


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  1. #1 by aeliusblythe on 08/09/2011 - 08:09

    Great post and good advice.

    On the writing boards and blogs I see a lot of people who think Facebook and Twitter etc. will get them a sale, but social networking isn’t an easy fix. It’s a tool. Sure, it’s a tool that can be used to help you succeed, but getting a job depends on more than that. It depends on skills and presentation and perseverance and experience and, yeah, how you use the connections and tools available to you.

    In some ways social networking has made things easier–we have more information available to us, more opportunities, and more advice to arm ourselves with. But in other ways it makes it harder–asserting independence (rather than dependance on the tool) as an employee, artists, entrepreneur, whatever is more difficult than ever in the sea of people desperate to be employees, artists, entrepreneurs…

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