Social media impact on recruitment

Back in 2007 I wrote a very popular article that has since been republished by diverse magazines, blogs, newspapers etc on how social media could negatively impact your job search. At the time most people did not consider how their online activities could impact their job search activities. With this growth in use of social media recruitment, its time to clean up you online presence and ditch the dirt!


Social media is making it easier to find the right jobs, and for you to connect to the right people that can help you get those jobs. Many job seekers are still using traditional job search methods that are yielding poor results. The New York Post reported that one woman applied for more than one thousand jobs over 99 weeks, getting only two interviews. Nearly one in three job seekers has been out of work for more than a year, and the average job seeker gives up after five months.

But you don’t have to end up like these professionals! By understanding who you are, what differentiates you in the marketplace and establishing your personal branding online, you can compete in the new talent marketplace. Once you’ve built your own website and established your social network profiles, you’re ready to start leveraging your relationships and talents to get the job of your dreams, not just one that pays the bills.

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