There’s a debate heating up about social media and job search. On one side is an MSNBC article suggesting that social media does not help job search, and may even be a waste of time. On the other side is Patrick Ambron of brand-yourself.com and a growing body of research saying social media can and does influence job search.
The issue, Ambron argues, is that MSNBC misunderstands the role of social media in job hunting and recruiting.
We’re inclined to agree. Traditional methods are not being replaced – they’re being augmented by social media. As well, social media can give job seekers who don’t have the connections of others a leg up.
Combine this with the fact that most companies (including Tungle) now do online searches of candidates as a regular part of the hiring process, and it becomes even more important for job seekers to be aware of their online presence, and take control of it.
Here are a few Tungle.me tips for taking control of your online persona and putting your best foot forward: