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Finding Jobs in a Recession

Jeremiah Owyang at his Web Strategy Blog has been running a series on finding a job in a recession. Obviously ths is a question that’s increasing at many libraries and it’s a core reference business for the foreseeable future.
You can read the first five postings on the results of his survey of recent job seekers and finders since Sept. 2008 (more are coming, I suspect) here.
I found this chart particularly relevant. Most people who found jobs in his survey recommended using social networking sites.
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This is a clear opportunity for library folks to assist job seeking folks as long as they’re involved and informed themselves. As Jeremiah notes most people find jobs through referral from friends, colleagues, alumni, or family and social netwokring sites like LinkedIn, Plaxo, Facebook, and MySpace can help you manage that process without being too intrusive.
There’s a lot to learn in this thread to update our reference and training skills in this inportant area.
Stephen

Posted on: February 11, 2009, 10:37 am Category: Uncategorized

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  1. Here’s 3 job sites from about.com’s top ten job sites-
    http://www.linkedin.com (professional networking)
    http://www.indeed.com (aggregated listings)
    http://www.realmatch.com (matches jobs based on your skills)
    good luck to those looking.

  2. I found a new website that needs to be added to this list for top job sites. Hopefully when the list is updated – this will be on it. It’s called PersonaVita. I have found it really useful in helping getting a job. It allows you to create a professional portfolio with all your past career achievements. So once you get the big interview you have a URL you have give the employer for your portfolio. THe other network sites don’t even come close in this area.