Besides getting recommendations, he advises others looking for work to make sure their profile and all their links and sub pages display information people would feel comfortable and proud to show to an employer.
Prepping for Interviews
Out-of-work Project Manager Sandra Herforth, who found her last job on LinkedIn, spends a lot of time perusing social networking sites even though she isnt all that optimistic shell find something there.
With the market the way it is Im not having any success with people responding any longer. Its been a waste of time, says Herforth, of Newton, Mass., who lost her job last July. Yet, she still sees value in using the more business-oriented sites as a tool to prepare for interviews, when she is given an interviewers title beforehand, so she can find that persons profile and learn more about their background and what might resonate with them.
Herforth says she can also glean where a companys knowledge weaknesses are so she can discuss in the interview something that might be relevant to that position and where she can bring value. Everyones looking to solve something so Im looking to fill in those areas where its obvious the management team has holes. You have to differentiate yourself.
Kerr concurs that social networking sites are critical for someone who is job hunting, or thinking about changing jobs. Social networking is the 21st century. Its how you look for a job and how you find a job, she says.