Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blog for a Job

We have all seen stories in the news describing how people are being fired from their jobs because of what they post on the internet. Employers are searching Facebook and MySpace to see perspective candidates before the interview... and often can form opinions before you walk in. And their opinions may not be positive. Got a picture of you drinking at a party? Poor taste in Halloween costumes? All of which can plant a negative seed in the back of an employer's mind.

I recently read an article in the Wall Street Journal that turns our linked social networks into a positive for job-seekers.

Instead of asking for résumés, the New York venture-capital firm—which has invested in Twitter, Foursquare, Zynga and other technology companies—asked applicants to send links representing their "Web presence," such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog.
Companies are increasingly relying on social networks such as LinkedIn, video profiles and online quizzes to gauge candidates' suitability for a job. While most still request a résumé as part of the application package, some are bypassing the staid requirement altogether.
Who knows? Maybe my blog will help me get hired down the road. Hmm, better run this through spell check.

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