Jan 16 2009

TechView: Making Your Way In A Socially Networked World

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.

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4 responses so far

4 Responses to “TechView: Making Your Way In A Socially Networked World”

  1. Monica Hamburgon 18 Jan 2009 at 9:52 pm

    I have to agree with most (if not all) the things you’ve said here. My job advice assumes that the job seeker is competent, ambitious, and someone a company would be lucky to find. With that in mind, social networking allows you a broader scope of people who you can connect to & hopefully that will lead to work (I’ve certainly gotten work from my relationships on Facebook, Twitter etc.)

    Oh & I say this as a good friend of Mr. Narvey 😉

  2. Raul Pachecoon 19 Jan 2009 at 7:29 pm

    I fully agree. The challenge is to actually create those business/growth opportunities while trying to still maintain the friendships. That’s why I always asked you how social media people manage to be friends while they are still direct competitors.

    And of course, even though we both have sustainability and social media interests, it should be disclosed that we (you and I) are not competitors, but friends :)

  3. Ruth Seeleyon 21 Jan 2009 at 8:50 am

    Weren’t we going to have coffee when #snowmaggedon ended? Unfortunately, I’m still in the grips of #fogmaggedon – was out driving after dark last night and was just terrified by the cyclists with no lights, pedestrians suddenly looming in the mist at crosswalks.

    Good point, BTW. :)

  4. Jonathon Narveyon 21 Jan 2009 at 9:36 am

    Coffee, yes. This weekend could be good.

    There’s something awfully fun about this lingering fog. I sometimes like to imagine I’m in a horror movie as strangers lurch in and out of the fog and shadows.

    See you soon.

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