IT Job Hunting: Do Social Nets Help?
So you have tons of connections on LinkedIn, Facebook, Spoke, Plaxo, etc. But do they actually help you find a new job? Recent news on record-high IT employment made for big headlines, and for CIO Insight readers, a hot discussion topic.
A lot of that discussion emanated from out-of-work IT pros, who wrote about their difficulties in finding new employment. One reader suggested networking: "It is not what you know, and who you know. It is who knows you," he wrote.
Then comes this story on social networking overload. The writer, Eve Tahmincioglu, rightly says that it's "not humanly possible" to rack up tons of contacts on every social network. But those unemployed IT pros might have more time on their hands to do so.
I'm on LinkedIn, but I haven't used it for job hunting. But I am confident that, if the need arises, I'll be able to use my contacts to hopefully find new gainful employment.
But what about you IT pros? Have you successfully used social networks to get a new job? Have you tried and found it useless? Let us know.