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  • http://marianlibrarian.com Marian Schembari

    Dude, this is great! I actually used Facebook advertisements to land myself a job and (insert shameless self promotion here) I’m creating a program teaching people how to do the same. Though, not just with Facebook ads. Blogs are AMAZING because they highlight your expertise. Twitter is great for meeting people who might not be in your industry but make great contacts. LinkedIn is a more professional way to connect but allows you to show off your experience and collect a nice pile of recommendations. Facebook ads work like a charm but aren’t for the faint of heart ;-)

  • http://www.businessesGROW.com/blog Mark W Schaefer

    Well done Jeff. Here are some additions to the conversation. I recently wrote a post about how newly-minted grads are unprepared to use the social web for looking for a job, let alone performing one. Telling comment section too!

    http://businessesgrow.com/2010/05/06/are-new-business-grads-getting-an-f-in-social-media-marketing/

    I also wrote an article about finding a social medis job (slightly different slant) that your readers might enjoy if they found your post:

    http://businessesgrow.com/2010/02/14/how-do-i-get-a-job-in-social-media-marketing/

    Thanks for the discussion Jeff!

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  • http://www.toddweisscfa.com ToddWeissCFA

    This is a great post Jeff. I created my blog to help others, share knowledge of my profession and brand but never thought it could be used as a tool to help find a job should I be in the market. This is another great example of the Internet changing the economy for the better. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://www.ilovemygirlsxoxo.blogspot.com Patti Werner

    i always enjoy your info!
    keep it coming; please……
    very helpful!

    p.w.

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  • http://twitter.com/Vanai ivana

    Really great post.
    I’m working on my blog, so whish me luck. :)

  • http://twitter.com/Vanai ivana

    lol, i meant wish not whish :O

  • http://twitter.com/TonyKochAUS Tony Koch

    Make sure you watch the video. This really highlights why it is important to complete your LinkedIn profile.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickrovisa Nick Rovisa

    Great info, thanks Jeff. I am currently seeking a position in social media & also authored a post with my own tips including a personal success story. Please give it a read if you feel so inclined :)

    http://nickrovisa.posterous.com/how-im-using-social-media-to-land-a-career

    Cheers,
    Nick Rovisa

  • http://twitter.com/AndreVarga Andre Varga

    Yes. Once we succeeded to hire someone using LinkedIn. Very good experience using the tool.

  • http://twitter.com/tracysestili Tracy Sestili

    This is all good stuff, but remember that social media can also work against you. Recruiters are also using social media to check out candidates as well. If you express your opinion too much in a blog it could work against you. It can be a double-edged sword.

  • http://davidescialpi.posterous.com Dscialpi

    great post! :)

  • http://twitter.com/JohnR_Digital John Richardson

    As well as a LinkedIn Profile, personal blog etc you can also be creative with your cv / resume like this guy: http://mashable.com/2011/04/26/qr-code-resume/. He used QR codes and an iPhone to make one of the CVs I’ve seen!

  • http://twitter.com/CreativesMarket Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt

    HA! Great cartoon!

  • Kyle Dungan

    Jeff,

    Thank you for writing a blog stating the importance of social media in job searches. As I am close to finishing college, I need a leg up on some of the competition. Setting up a LinkedIn profile is easy and should be utlilzed by everyone! Thank you again for posting!

    Best,
    Kyle Dungan

  • http://www.socialcolleague.com Social Media Assistant

    I honestly don’t think the recruitment industry will suffer, they will just adapt and change with times. These agencies will get the edge they had years ago by adopting social media every day.

  • http://twitter.com/MatthewAGilbert Matthew A. Gilbert

    A very relevant and resourceful post, Jeff. No question that directly or indirectly our social media footprints can lead us to employment or contract work — it has certainly helped me get several teaching position (or at least opened the doors). I think having a blog is key: I often refer to it as the hub to which all of our other social media tools should attach.

    Notably, I recently wrote a blog post titled “Is Social Media the New Resume?” at http://doctorio.us/2011/11/01/is-social-media-the-new-resume/ in which I feature an interview with Chris Hutchins (formerly of Milk, and recently hired by Google) about this same topic. 

    I also share one personal story about how, through a series of successive steps, Twitter helped me get hired to teach at UCLA Extension.

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