Is social networking for everyone? Will it help all job seekers? I am checking my assumptions after teaching a wide breadth of job seekers.
Before teaching some 60 – 70 people how to use social media in their job search, I had a chance to introduce myself to a few early attendees and ask them about ‘their story’ if they were willing to share.
I met a very interesting person named Jim who immigrated from Turkey. He was a very smart individual, self described as a sales person clearly with a lot of skill and experience. Without knowing much about him – I’d probably peg him at a mid-senior level based on his discussion of the profession and skills required. He was no slouch.
He voiced so much frustration with being a newcomer to Canada and not being able to get Canadian work experience as Canadian businesses sought Canadian work experience before giving it.
For him – I truly believe social networking will help. Being on linkedin and facebook will allow Jim to collect his network, demonstrate his skill in sales without being asked what kind of Canadian experience he has. I think by virtue of its global participation, people who participate in social networking are more appreciative of global experience – at least I hope so.
And yet another attendee, John, described with excitement, how he had reached second round interviews for a $15/hr job in a property management / maintenance role. With this conversation – I wondered how much a tool like linkedin would help him. Although future employer hr and managers may be online – would they use linkedin to find large scale customer facing staff? Would a bank use linkedin for branch staff? (to some extent – I would hope so)
I haven’t seen this discussed anywhere yet. I am investigating as I have several other presentations to give to individuals in transition.