Using MySpace and Facebook for finding jobs

g MySpace and Facebook for finding jobs

When MySpace and Facebook decided to include job sections, there was a lot of speculation on how that would work, and whether it would work at all.

The original approach to advertising jobs on the sites didn't work at all. There seemed to be two basic problems. One was that people didn't really know how to use the sites or how to write job ads, and the other was that most mainstream employers wouldn't operate on those sites. What they wound up with, in terms of job ads, was a sort of patchy, wannabe Craigslist effect.

MySpace farmed out the jobs to links to real local job boards for its members. It was the right move, because the original idea just didn't work. Facebook retained jobs, but in its job groups, no longer as part of the structure of the site.

Jobs, and job hunting potential, do exist on these sites, though. The sites are places where people can do business. If you're the entrepreneurial, eBay-type of person, you could do worse than to check out the opportunities. A lot of people translate this sort of work into real paying jobs, and exposure to a global market doesn't hurt. Again, you do this with a good grip on currency conversion and risk management, and as a place to advertise your services as a job it's pretty good.

The real job hunting aspect in the big social sites is in the networking. This is more useful for media people like writers, musicians, and other artists and production people. Both of these sites have huge numbers of specialist groups. Your profession, your talents, or your personal preferences can put you in contact with a quite different type of job hunting zone. It's a very good networking method, and you can talk to people around the world and get feedback and different perspectives.

This is where both MySpace and Facebook start making themselves useful as job hunting mechanisms. Job hunting is above all about getting information about jobs and career issues. In some ways the social sites provide a service nobody else can, on a scale nobody else could. It's one thing to look for a job on your own. It's another thing altogether to get direct information from people who work in the industry, and in some cases, direct exposure to people with decades of experience. Most professionals are happy to help job seekers.

The fundamental nature of the social networking sites works much better as a source of information than it ever did as an advertising medium. It's fun, too. You can check out a lot of job-related stuff, learn a lot, and make friends in your own areas of expertise and personal interests. Networking sites, overall, are potentially very good job hunting tools. It can be a lot simpler to just ask people you know about what you need to know.