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Infographic: Can Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin Really Get You a Job?

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Roughly 13.3 million people were unemployed in November, yet the U.S. economy grew at a sluggish annual rate of 2% over the summer, and overall hiring was weak, according to a Federal Reserve survey--Beige Book--released on Wednesday, Nov. 30.

The trend of slow to moderate pace of the economy is barely enough to keep the unemployment rate, which has been hovering above 9% for the past year or so, from reaching double digit. Expert say in order to have a meaningful impact on the employment situation, the economy needs to grow at twice of the current rate.  However, the increasing likelihood of a global recession partly from the raging debt crisis in Europe would certainly pose a serious threat to the already struggling growth and bleak employment outlook.

Related Reading - U.S. Economy: 12 Years to Fill the 12.4 Million Job Gap?

These days, a college degree and years of experience do not necessary mean a good job like they used to, and competition is fierce for the few available openings.  Coping with this New Normal, job seekers are reaching into unconventional and creative avenues to gain a competitive edge in the job jungle.  Social media are increasingly becoming the new job fair for people to network, get new job leads or to promote and showcase resumes.

Indeed, Linkedin is the new hangout for corporate as well as agency headhunters, and many corporations have Twitter accounts and Facebook pages. The infographic below, based on a recent survey by Jobvite finds some interesting statistics regarding using social media for job search.  For example,

  • 1 in 6 workers use social media to get hired
  • Almost 90% of job seekers have a profile on a social media site
  • 54% of all job hunters use Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin to find jobs
  • 50% of job seekers used Facebook, 25% used Twitter, and 36% used Linkedin to look for a job in the last 12 months
  • 18.4 million Americans say Facebook got them their current jobs.  The numbers for Twitter and Linked in are 10.2 million and 8 million respectively

Of course, this does not mean social media will completely replace the good old want-ad (virtual or paper) searching and applying, but rather as something to add to the job searching tool bag.  Even for the gainfully employed, social media provides an open and easy way to network, being sociably cool and keep you updated on the new technology and social trend.

So it is beneficial for anybody, regardless if you are looking for a job, to be on at least one of the major social media sited (Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin).  After all, social media mobilized the Arab Spring, and in today's modern world, one either embraces the new wave, or gets left behind.

Further Reading:

7 Sectors Most Likely To Gain Jobs By 2015

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Sun, 12/04/2011 - 08:36 | 1943549 Lost Wages
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In the future surveillance state, in which Facebook has taken part, 50% of the population will be paid to watch the other 50% of the population, while that 50% of the population is paid to watch them. Unemployment solved.

Tue, 12/06/2011 - 04:15 | 1950151 MarketWatchTerrorist
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No, 50% of the population will watch the other 50% for free.  They'll be striving to outdo one another to prove that they are loyal patriots.  Turning in friends, relatives, associates, neighbors, and anyone else they can spot a reason to call the local terrorist activity fusion center or file a report on Obama's "attackwatch" site.  Or maybe Lieberman will have his way and there will simply be little buttons mandated to be on every site by law and you can click the "terrorist activity" button to automatically report blog posts and comments to the law enforcement/intel/security apparatus for examination, action, and if warranted, extermination of the source. 

 

After all, if you see something, say something.

 

This is hardly the first time in human history that the state of affairs in a nation has reached this level of police state paranoia.  The natural reaction when living in fear of your government is to try everything in your power to win their favor and deflect the evil eye of big brother elsewhere, lest the secret police come for you in the night.  Some will do it knowingly, but most will do it because they truly believe themselves to be "good patriots" and that everyone else is suspect and deserving of punishment.

 

Gotta root out the terrorists, the drug users, the pedophiles, the wife beaters, etc.  We're surrounded by creeps and only me and mine are deserving of life in the glorious American police state.  Oprah told me so.

Sun, 12/04/2011 - 02:42 | 1943335 ThePensum
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Hah. I tried Linkedin for 12 months. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zero. Then again I don't have three PhDs, a Masters degree nor a CFA, so what chance do I have these days anyway?

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 15:51 | 1942034 MarketWatchTerrorist
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Once you put it on the web the intelligence community has it forever.  Then again if you don't have a social media presence for the government investigators to mine they will see that as a red flag and wire tap your telecommunications to see what you're up to.  I advise people to maintain a false social media presence as a part of standard counter-surveillance operating procedure.

 

Normal employers generally can't make those sort of attributive connections unless you stupidly use your real name (required by Facebook, Google+, etc.) on your accounts.  Although with tools like Maltego it is a simple matter to map out social networks and determine a user's true identity via their associations, despite their attempts at using aliases to mask it.

 

But then again, if you have nothing to hide then you have nothing to fear.  Right sheeple?  I mean you choose to live in the most technologically advanced police state in human history so obviously you aren't afraid of giving up your privacy.  So we'll move past that.

 

I do think social networking can result in job offers.  You can make a name for yourself by writing a relevant industry blog.  Simply having a presence on Linked In or Facebook will at least allow you to maintain some connection to colleagues and associates even after you change jobs.  The guy at "When Genius Prevailed" shut down his blog 7 months ago after getting a 7 figure (8?) job back in the Hedge Fund game.  His blog is STILL linked to by Zero Hedge.  So there's an example.  Guy was laid off from his Hedge Fund gig, started a financial analysis blog, and get s back into a ridiculously high paying gig using said blog as an advertising vehicle.

 

The rock stars get the big money in any industry.  Do you want to be a nameless, faceless, drone?  Or do you want to be the high flying, highly paid rock star?  The choice is yours to make.  The guys quoted in the media are the ones charging whatever they want and working whenever they feel like.  The guys that don't make noise and drudging through another 40 hour work week for mediocre pay.

 

All that said, I don't maintain any social media presence because I know, for a fact, that the U.S. government is spying on me and many other people, and I don't like it one bit.  I use various techniques to hide from their lazy intercept tactics.  I figure I might as well make the FBI and NSA earn their pay checks by doing a little traffic analysis to trace my constittuionally protected opinions back to me, at which point they can:

 

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Here's a hint, the key is "fucku."  Have fun boys.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:46 | 1941789 LarryDavis
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This article is unadulturated bullshit and shamelessly tries to portray entities that have no real value as useful (facebook et al). It's subconsciously saying one should buy into this ridiculous modern economic paradigm where jobs are meaningless. Use facebook to help you push papers. Vaildate your existence with an internet job search. Everyone is now doing it. The future is nigh. Well, in these modern times what we really need is recidivism or at least taking a step back in order to go forward. Get a vhs tape and watch Vanessa Del Rio blow but at least understand the world is teetering. The article reads as follows: Embrace these Orwellian times and become an automaton, a process which Facebook can facilitate (consummate your marginal existence with social netowrking-who the fuck has 435 friends anyway?). It is also teeming with ridiculous and inane statistics (I have a Phd in stats so don't fuck with me here). Let's just use some fucking common sense? Do you know anyone who got a job from Facebook (other than Winklevoss/Zuckerburg homo erotic thriller actors). Were yesterday's knockout B(L)S numbers indebted to facebook? Its not like that bra. Contrary to popular opinion, there is dignity in being poor and here is the bombshell. Rich and ostensibly successful people are just as miserable as losers like me. So don't even bother. People found meaning in life and work before the internet. 

Corporate America/Finance is about two things as far as I can tell: deception and having the least qualified perform the chores of the most quaified (but generally most megalomaniac/psychotic). I love how Dick Fuld dropped a couple mil renovating his office as the ship was sinking. All the money on Wall St. should be repatriated and used for science. Then we could end religion and genetically make women more servile in bed. Progress.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:42 | 1941774 SeventhCereal
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when everyone goes one way i will go the other.  i proudly have never setup a facebook or linkedin account.  i got to where I am by doing things the old and out of fashion way: working hard.  I build my network from my ability to make things happen and my ability to do favors for others, not by selling my own personal self.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:39 | 1941758 Conax
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I find facebook and the rest to be subtly disquieting.  No thanks.

Call me paranoid, but people get fired over party pictures, and the feds monitor all those sites gleaning all the info they can. Nope, nyet, unh-uh.

 

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:34 | 1941742 LMAO
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Can Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin Really Get You a Job?

WTF! Somebody is hiring?

Who in his right mind would be hiring facebookéés and have these assclowns work whenever they have some time to spare between their fucking facebook sessions. Do yourself a favour, spare yourself the frustration and work an hour extra.

Seriously, it's a great vehicle for TPTB to find out everything about you. All the crap that is spouted on the facebook, facebook will legally own and can do with it whatever it pleases. Yes people are worried about their privacy and personal information falling in the hands of the wrong people but still, they are not too hesitant to tell the nice people of facebook every little single detail they know about themselves.

 

 

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 15:20 | 1941932 KK Tipton
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Speaking of finding out everything about you:

http://androidsecuritytest.com/features/logs-and-services/loggers/carrie...

Read both parts. Your Android based phone has a completely hidden "rootkit-like" app that sends *everything* back to Carrier IQ headquarters. This way the cell company has plausible deniability.
It's almost impossible to remove, you *cannot* opt-out.

Stay pissed, bitchez....

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:47 | 1941794 MarcusLCrassus
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Yeah, its funny.  The same people who would slam their door in the face of a US census worker ("how dare you ask me how many people live here, this is an outrage!") then go back into their living room and blab on facebook about what color the dump they took last night was. 

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:30 | 1941733 adr
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Bullshit to pump up numbers to raise the valuation of the most overvalued corporation in the history of mankind. There is no way Facebook got 18 million people jobs. Perhaps 18 million people had resumes on Facebook and employers looked at them on the site after the candidate applied, but that is like saying my HP printer got me a job because I used it to print my resume. Facebook is a free information portal, it is not a legitimate business. The fact a narcissitic bastard like Zuckerberg will become one of the top 10 richest individuals on planet Earth when Facebook goes public because some idiotic group of banksters wants their payday makes me crazy. YOU WANT TO BE A BILLIONARE, WORK FOR IT AND EARN THE MONEY THROUGH REAL BUSINESS INSTED OF A STOCK SCAM. It pisses me off that Facebooks valuation is based off borrowed cheap money from the FED, not real capital. The banks will borrow money wth near zero collateral backing it up and earn a massive returnon money the never really had, and never really risked. The greatest ting that could ever happen is for Zuckerberg to die in a chartered corporate jet crash.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:48 | 1941769 Taint Boil
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I agree - complete BS. I checked out Twitter, FaceBook and Linkedin all 3 have to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen in my life (in that order). I would say 18 people got a job from FaceBook, there is NO WAY 18,000,000 ROFL. I work in industrial automation and I don't no ANYBODY that is on FaceBook (Linkedin yes).

facebook is for losers

 

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 15:30 | 1941962 EscapeKey
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Facebook is pretty cool for a quick overview of what your friends are up to, and who's heading to the pub, and when.

LinkedIn is pretty good for keeping job contacts in check, and by god, I receive a lot of spam from agents. There still are jobs out there for people with specialized skills.

Twitter... fuck knows. I haven't found any real use for it. I guess it's an avenue for ADHD sufferers.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:27 | 1941725 spanish inquisition
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If everyone in the world joined Facebook, there would be no unemployment!

Hey! This wouldn't have anything to do with joining Facebook if you are unemployed before the big IPO?

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 14:17 | 1941707 cherry picker
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I am somewhat skeptical about these numbers as well.  Many people get hired through a referral.  As in times past, it is who you know that is important.  Others through company sites or monstor.com or the newspaper (online or print).

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 13:18 | 1941591 bank guy in Brussels
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This is absolutely astonishing, what is claimed in this article:

« 18.4 million Americans say Facebook got them their current jobs.  The numbers for Twitter and Linked in are 10.2 million and 8 million respectively »

Have not been to the United States for many years, but am in touch with some people there, and this seems unbelievable both from a European perspective and from Americans I know.

On a previous ZeroHedge thread on LinkedIn, most commenters seemed to think that had little career value, though there were a few exceptions. Would like to hear more from people about their direct experiences.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 19:30 | 1942520 The Alarmist
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18 million ex frat boys and sorority girls not getting a job due to the drunken pictures of themselves posted on FacebookTM sounds more realistic to me.

Sat, 12/03/2011 - 15:07 | 1941876 jayman21
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Agreed, the numbers do not tell the whole picture.  I would also add that the skill you are offering probably has a better predictive value if you find a job than if you use social media.  Like if you work in construction and you are on facebook vs. someone who works in IT.

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