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Social Networking - A Must for Job Search?

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Question: I hear that social networking is the latest thing in job search. But I really don't want to do it! I resent being forced to use a computer to do a simple thing like job search.

Answer: It's true: the times are a-changing, as Bob Dylan told us. They're changing faster in job search than in some other areas of society. Social networking is a great example of that.

Consider these facts: Many people now include their LinkedIn addresses in the contact information they provide in their resumes. This is a fairly new trend now. However, in a few years, not displaying that information will probably make you appear computer illiterate, if not old, as not listing an email address does now. Social networking tools are almost universal recruiting tools, and will only become more popular in the foreseeable future.

Generations X and Y, not to mention the Millennials, are increasing their presence in the job market. The majority of them use social networking. One of them will very possibly be your boss in your next job. You'll need to be able to communicate with them on their own level.

If words like tweet, hashtag, and friend (used as a verb) sound like a foreign language to you, this will be difficult. You can refuse to use social networking (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) for your job search if you want, but you may make your job search longer that way. Isn't the job market competitive enough already?

If you want to learn to use these new job search tools effectively, try out Frederick County Workforce Services' new seminar, Social Networking for Your Job Search. See the Frederick County Business and Employment Center Seminar and Events Calendar at www.frederickworks.com for the next date and time.