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Finding A Job Requires Social Media

Updated on October 6, 2012

Making That Connection in Social Media

I have been reading books on using social media to find employment. The trend now is to connect with employers by following them and joining discussion groups. People are using Twitter to find potential employees. Everyone knows that you have to have a Linked-in page because employers look you up there. I have a Facebook page but i use it more on a personal level.

It is work to find work. Today you have to follow people, get in discussion groups, ask questions, ask to to introduced, build a personal network, follow companies to get the scoop, I am exhausted already. I am trying to understand how one can spend so much time doing all the above? You would literally have to be on your computer or Iphone for hours. If you are working full time and looking for a job, this would absorb time spent on your real job. If you have a family, then your evenings are absorbed by those responsibilities.

Social media is here to stay. I have to figure out how to make it all work so I can land a new position. I have jobs sent to me on autopilot from Ideed, Monster and career board etc. In the meantime, I am networking in person, being social in volunteer group settings, being social with as many people as I can.

I am hubbing to stay social, to teach myself new skills, editing my hubs, answering hub questions and making a passive income. My writing and research skills have improved being here.

With all the socializing i am doing, something should turn up.

Unemployed with Experience

Good Morning America Tv new "If you are unemployed, it is even harder to to find a job! Especially, if you have been out of work for 6 months or more!" That is not very encouraging to hear.

The economy is a little better. Companies also want to check your credit history, they want to check if you have auto insurance? Does anyone think this is an invasion of privacy? It seems silly, but now companies want to know if you have had any moving violations, accidents etc? What rights do they have to delve into such matters?

There are so many unemployed with many years of experience. I do not believe a person who has had long term uneployment to be unemployable. It actually angers me because, I stayed home, was self employed, took care of kids, I have a degree, I have many valuable skills that can be cross-transferred.

Companies want people who do not have a life and they do not want to pay good employees !" No one is free from family obligations, death and sickness. Life happens as we know it. Most have families and are trying create a balance.

Employers and clients can reach you by cell on a weekend and email you while you are on vacation. Is that a 40 hour week? Our work and personal lives have a completely blurred, no wonder people are stressed out. There is no separation of work and personal life.

I don't have a solution. I don't know if there is one because of Social media and Iphones. The expectation of reaching anyone, anytime is expected now.



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    • alphagirl profile image
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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      Good luck Plasma! Companies have a their pick with so many qualified applicants.

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      Phil Plasma 6 years ago from Montreal, Quebec

      I got laid off on August 4th. I have had two interviews at a company I'd be happy to work for. It is looking good, though apparently there are two other people contending for the position. The job would involve a pay cut compared to where I was working before, but with the recession ongoing, I figure it is better to be employed than not employed. Also, to your point, the longer I remain unemployed, the harder it may become.

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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      thanks for the tip.

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      Aunt Donna 6 years ago from Georgia

      Hey alphagirl,

      Check out the hub by Patty Inglish MS titled : Pre-employment credit checks eliminated beginning in 2011. I think she did a great job of investigating this topic. Just thought you'd like to know.

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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      It is all over the news. Companies now want to know if you pay your bills on time and they review that before hiring. This has been going on for awhile. I think they do this to see if you steal. Some companies make you take 2 hundred question exams to see your psychological profile. They want to know if you will steal or turn a co-worker in for theft.

      I do not know how they get away with it. Maybe that can be my next hub.

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      Aunt Donna 6 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, all for the comments. I am not the only one that is going through this, I know lots of moms having this same problem. As far as the credit history goes ... when did that start? How is that even legal? What does your credit rating have to do with your ability to work?

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      TMApsey 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Great hub! I have been looked down on because I have been unemployed for a while, to stay home with my kids and I've also experienced working in a position where the company wanted me to have no life outside work. They cut my hours when I refused to come in because I had plans. It's not right, but what can we really do about it?

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