By: Delana S
I have spent a little time digging deeper on the subject of being Googleable. Today, I want to share with you some information about social networking. Many of you already have a Facebook account or your teens are already using Facebook to keep up with their friends, family, and acquaintances. However, what are you doing to help your teens learn about social networking in terms of future employment? Have you and they investigated how employers (and those searching for jobs these days) are using social networking sites such as LinkedIn to find employees (or find jobs)?
The title of this article did not particularly thrill me (http://hubpages.com/hub/Power-of-Social-Branding-How-to-use-Social-Media-to-Quit-your-Day-Job-eventually) but it would be a good article for you to research and discuss with your teenager. In this article’s discussion of LinkedIn, Career Builder, and Facebook’s BranchOut career networking application, the writer states: “It’s become more and more apparent that the majority of job postings are online and the majority of jobs are now awarded via a referral system whereby the employer asks for advice from trusted colleagues or other peers in the industry through social media.” The article also goes into detail about how to use social networking sites to search for a job.
In your research, and in the equipping you provide your teenagers, you may also want to investigate this article http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Five-Top-Ways-to-Use-LinkedIn-to-Find-Employees&id=5417462 that shows job recruiters and employers how to use LinkedIn (or other social networking sites) to find employees.
Again, you can choose to ignore the way the internet is being used today, but that will not make it go away; or, you can prepare your teen appropriately for career finding in the Web 2.0 world.