Job searching has taken a new direction. It's not about going to the job boards, finding the job opening you like, and then applying to it. That method will only have you waiting by the phone for a call that's likely not going to happen. Today's job seekers need to take a more proactive and interactive approach called job networking—and LinkedIn is a resource to help you do it.
Networking is vital to job search success. Networking can lead to referrals, identifying jobs that aren't yet posted, and securing informational interviews. They can also lead to future professional references.
These results can give you a competitive advantage and help you progress towards your career goal. Networking platforms like LinkedIn and Twitter are tools that can help you effectively expand your network. Here's how...
Should you refer job applicants you've met, or maybe even haven’t met, from the social networks you participate in? Short answer? Yes. Cautious answer? Maybe. The long answer is a bit more nuanced than a simple yes, no, or maybe. I was hired at my last two positions from job referrals on Twitter, both tweets from people I had never met. Why would someone take a chance on me?