Mario Sundar

LinkedIn's 2nd PR hire. These are my thoughts on products, public relations, and startups.

Using Social Media to help your friends find a job

How many of you have a friend who has lost a job recently? I’m sure many hands were raised as they read this. It’s unfortunate that the recent spate of layoffs continue unabated with Macy’s laying off 7000 employees today; an unfortunate follow-up to last week’s record setting 75K layoffs in one day.

I know of at least 5 friends who have lost a job in the past month. So, expanding on Guy Kawasaki’s post from earlier today (10 Tips to use LinkedIn to find a job), here are three quick tips to use the social media tools at your disposal to find that elusive dream job.

1. Use social media megaphones to update your status

Depending on the social media channels that you engage in, update your status on all of them that you’re looking for a job. In my case, my obvious choices would be LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and of course my blog. In addition, you may want to use a service like ping.fm that updates a slew of social networks’ status (all of the above 4) from one place.

2. Do smart research

But random status updates alone can’t do much good. Use all the company research goodness that you can find on LinkedIn to find the right people in your dream companies to network with. For e.g. find our historical career paths at companies, info on hiring managers, etc.

Read more tips #s 4 – 8, in Guy’s post

3. Build your networks

And, finally, do take the time to build your online networks (social or professional) if you’d really like to benefit from the many applications and tools that a site like LinkedIn affords. Remember: the bigger your network is, the more chances you have at reaching the right people. Size does matter.

And, the best part is it’d take you just a few minutes to build out your professional network. So, what are you waiting for…

Are any of your friends looking for a job? Share these 10 tips.

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3 Responses

  1. [...] Sundar is on a tear on his personal blog. First, Using social media to help your friends find a job (this is a real passion of mine). Then, Perfectionism ain’t Bliss -  just do it and [...]

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  2. DJ Ksar says:

    did a similar post at http://djksar.wordpress.com/2009/01/30/job-hunting-social-media-tips/ talking about LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. The main message is to “activate your network”!

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  3. [...] in addition to this, Mario Sundar, provides another THREE tips that can help you find a job for a FRIEND. Social media is, after all, [...]

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