Facebook, LinkedIn Help You Find a Job – Web Weekly
Well, the month-long series of Jewish holidays is over, and the Web Weekly is back! Here is the latest series of developments to help you leverage social media.
Facebook Launches Social Jobs Partnership
In conjunction with
the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and other workforce agencies, the Social Jobs Partnership in an effort to find employment for America’s jobless through the use of social networks.
With unemployment rates nearing 10% in the United States, people are willing to try new resources to reduce unemployment. But in the last few years, social media has become a routine way to recruit for and find work. So what is different about this effort?
First of all, the government backing. Government support and promotion gives the initiative wider appeal than, say, a new jobseeking app, which tends to target the tech savvy crowd. With 132 million Americans logging into Facebook at least once a month, the outreach infrastruce is already in place to find most Americans looking for work. Facebook also made a commitment to drive traffic to the site through targeted online public service announcements. The Department of Labor is calling it the “largest collection of job search, job placement and job training tools anywhere in the United States.”
How it works is a little less clear. So far, the initiative appears to be little more than attractive links to government resources. The wall is active with posts from the partners announcing the initiatives, but so far, the comments are an unorganized mass of people looking for work and companies posting openings. It’s great to see Americans working together, but an unorganized list in the comments of a post doesn’t seem the best way to make appropriate job connections.
Now that the moment has built up, with 10,756 people liking the initiative and 5,109 talking about it, as of this posting, it’s time for it to get started!
I don’t know about you, but through the years, as I’ve talked, gamed, and sat next to my cellphones through the years (hey, you never know who is going to call!), I’ve had a lurking fear that the radiation was seeping into my brain or other organs and could cause cancer. A new broad study in Denmark found no significant increase in the risk of developing a brain tumor associated with long-term cellphone use. Like all studies, it has its faults, but I found it reassuring to continue with my habits that, well, I’d probably keep anyway.
LinkedIn’s new feature, Classmates, harnesses the real power of your alma mater – the networking potential! By pulling in data from your three tiers of connections who have attended the same school as you, LinkedIn facilities building alumni networks. It also provides some neat graphical data displaying the most popular fields fellow alumni work in and where they are located. The major drawback is the data itself – many user’s profiles are incomplete or not updated frequently, which was readily apparent at a quick glance of stats from my undergraduate alma mater, Northwestern University. According to LinkedIn’s data, most fellow alumni work for Northwestern.
Overall, I’m not sure how useful the feature is, since LinkedIn already allows a search by School in its Advanced Search. If they just added a pulldown menu of a user’s associated schools, as they do in Classmates, it would accomplish practically the same thing. Between Facebook, university alumni databases and newsletters, and plain old LinkedIn, connecting with fellow alumni is already pretty easy, but a new feature, especially if its well integrated and free, can’t be a bad thing.
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- Google+ to Allow Pseudonyms, Opens up Google Apps Integration: Call is a knee-jerk reaction to Facebook or listening to users, but Google is making some big changes to its social network policy (Search Engine Land)
- Apple’s iOS 5 Release Provides Big Boost to Twitter: Seamless integration with Twitter has had huge effects for the social network. Twitter Signups via iOS device have tripled since the launch of iOS 5 last week, Twitter reported. The number of Tweets has also skyrocked in the last few months, and the company’s growth amounts to about 40% quarter on quarter. (Mashable)
Allthis creates the framework for buying and selling time with anyone on the network. If you work, you’re familiar with the idea of selling your time for money. What about selling your availability? Rather than trading for money, increments of 10-minutes of time are traded through a token-based system, which can be redeemed in the form of a cash donation to a partnering U.S. nonprofit organization. What a creative way to raise funds and give to charity! (Hat tip: Mashable)
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