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Job Search Websites in the Era of Social Media

April 19th, 2010

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Job search websites have contributed to the ever expanding world of social media, tying in nicely with Facebook, Twitter, and the texting generation.  However, many potential job seekers now have to be careful of the way they compose cover letters, and the lax manner in which they contact employers.  The career world itself hasn’t changed, despite all signs to the contrary – it is still important to be formal and presentable when applying for a job and going to an interview, although many in the Facebook generation have long lost sight of the real world.

Job search websites are almost like an auction house of potential careers, mostly suitable for younger employees.  There are hundreds of retail and other service-area positions available, as well as other entry-level positions meant to attract the hundreds of employees in the same generation.  However, it’s important to keep in mind that some of these advertized jobs that seem too good to be true often are: they are usually little more than a new pyramid scheme that offers the possibility of a great paycheck and flexible hours.  Recent graduates are prone to be attracted to a job listing that promotes itself as working with “Fortune 500” companies and a quick way to earn money, as well as working with a younger crowd.  However, do not be fooled by this type of advertisement; these companies know what attracts younger employees and therefore advertise to the social media generation who wishes to make a quick paycheck.

Aside from these issues with job search websites, potential employees are additionally prone to type up cover letters as if they are typing a text message.  This is a recent development as texting and social media have become part of everyday life (Twitter has forced many in this generation to type in 140 characters or less), and as a result, grammar and formality have gone out the door.  Many employers have also complained about the lack of cohesive resumes that have emerged in the past years as well; new graduates no longer put as much thought into their resumes and backgrounds as they once did and constantly rely on their networking and connections to get them through unemployment.  Job search websites now cater to this type of potential employee, however, and make the job process easier than ever for job seekers, who now only have to fill out a survey and attach their resume in order to earn a job. 


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