New Haven (WTNH) - We've all heard the saying, "It's not what you know, it's whoyou know." When it comes to getting a job, networking is a criticalskill. Fortunately, these days, job-seekers have more tools thanever to do just that.
Take Stefania Campbell for example.
She's working; there's no doubt about that. But she's notgetting paid for her work. Right now, like so many people, findinga job is Campbell's full-time job.
"I got a letter last week; I was one of 500 applicants for anassistant -- an executive assistant position," said Campbell.
Tough odds, so Campbell is doing whatever she can to beatthem.
"What is gonna make me shine?" asked Campbell. "What's gonnamake me look the best? What's gonna make my resume stand out amonghundreds?"
Campbell believes networking is a good first step. She's onthe social media sites Facebook and LinkedIn,posting status updates about her situation, reconnecting withformer classmates and colleagues and joining groups like"JobAngels" and "Women for Hire." She's getting job leads andpersonal recommendations and she's seeing results.
"I went to one interview and they mentioned therecommendations that they saw on my LinkedIn profile," Campbellsaid.
Quinnipiac University Senior Genna Kornweiser is also onFacebook and has tried LinkedIn. But her tool of choice is twitter.
"I have it on my Blackberry; I'm on it all the time," saidKornweiser.
Kornweiser will graduate in May with a degree in PublicRelations and Marketing. She's been trying to line up a job but shehasn't had much luck.
"The big trend we've seen is no response whatsoever. It's notwe 'can't hire you', it's not 'we won't hire you', it's justnothing," said Kornweiser.
But on twitter, Kornweiser said she is getting somewhere.
The site has become very popular with job seekers. Search "job" or "jobs" on twitter, and you'll findlinks to many listings.
But Kornweiser said it's even more valuable as a platform whereshe's able to network with a large number of people with whom sheshares common interests.
"There's a lot of people talking about jobs right now;there's a lot of journalists out there, there's a lot of PRprofessionals on there. And if they don't have something available,they're referring you to other people," said Kornweiser.
Quinnipiac University Professor Rich Hanley says that's thebeauty of social media sites. It's why he teaches his students howto use it for more than just "being social."
"Your megaphone reaches a much broader audience than it doesthrough the United States Postal Service or through your geographicnetwork, which tends to be limited," said Hanley.
But perhaps, more important, companies that are hiring expectyou to be using sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter -- theywant to know you're tuned in to technology.
People have been using the net to surf for jobs for years.They turn to sites like Monster.com, CareerBuilder.com and indeed.com. Nowthose sites are trying to keep up with the changing ways people areusing the web.
Tim Dineen is the online marketing manager at indeed.com.
"We're trying to be a part of the whole process," saidDineen. "If people need a job search today, we're there for them.And if people want to interact further, we want to be able to helpthem do that."
Dineen said indeed.com has been integrating social mediasites into its job searches; allowing users to scan for contactsthey may know at companies to which they're applying.
That's something Campbell finds particularly helpful. Becauseas she builds her network online, she continues the conversationoffline. She's hoping all the work will eventually lead to a job.
"I'm staying connected, I'm having coffees and lunches andemails and people are always checking in on me and broadening theirnetworks and broadening connections for me. So, I'm stayingpositive," said Campbell.
Because, as Campbell said, you never know who may comethrough with the lead that leads to a job.
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