Jan 16 2009
Broken economy got you down? Worried about where you’ll be in five weeks (forget five years)? Or just about to head out into the work force for the first time? Times are tough, but technology is making the always nerve-wracking process of finding a gig a little easier.
Vancouver social media guru Monica Hamburg has put together a phenomenal compilation of social networking sites for job seekers to find that hidden job market at Me Like The InterWeb.
Just one problem, and I say this as a convert to the incredible opportunities offered by social media and as a good friend of the author: between blogging, Twittering, Facebook-friending and all the rest of these very cool ways of connecting with employers, isn’t it way too easy to get caught up with all of these fun things and neglect the brass tacks of a traditional job search (eg. researching companies, adapting and revising your resume, tracking down the person you’re supposed to talk with, submitting your credentials and following up with a phone call)?
I know from personal experience that it’s easy to get immersed in social media sites and blogging, taking significant time away from activities that would have a chance of getting me famous or making me money. There’s only so much time in the day. Where I’ve succeeded in converting my social media efforts into “real-life” opportunities, I’ve made a conscious and dedicated effort to connect in more traditional ways with people and organizations where I’ve created links in my social networks. That last step, so basic and obvious, is not always followed-up without deliberate strategy.
My advice to those just getting started with new media apps would be to make sure you’re managing your time. New media can bring you opportunities. But I’d also caution that after a certain point, unless your business is directly related to social media, a law of diminishing returns seems to come into effect.