It can be hard to know what sites to use for job seeking anymore. A number of sites that were once hot have turned out to be passing fads, and you don’t want your resume looking lonely and outdated in a place like that — it’s embarrassing. Remember sites like Myspace and Xanga? Everyone thought those fledgling social networking sites would be huge forever, but they burned bright and faded fast.
So if you’re on the job hunt right now, where exactly should you park your resume? Let’s take a look at some of the options.
It seems safe to say the number one social network is here to stay. Despite the fact that 46 percent of Americans think Facebook will eventually fade in prominence as other social networks gain traction, it’s a good bet the social giant isn’t going anywhere. The real question for those out of work or looking for a new opportunity is how useful Facebook is in the job hunt? For this, your mileage may vary.
For Millennials who grew up alongside Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and painstakingly documented their college experience, the social site can be more of a hindrance than a blessing.
However, the great thing about Facebook is being able to use your organic connections to network. In fact, a recent survey showed a staggering 18.4 million people credited Facebook as the source for their current job.
Creative resumes are gaining a lot of traction, especially recently. But is it all just another fad, or are these creative resumes the way of the future?
I have a vested interest here, since I founded a video resume and video interviewing company, Spark Hire. But I think creative resumes are going to be here to stay. Whether presenting your information in an infographic or recording a video resume, these visual-heavy options give potential employers insight into your personality and character that just don’t come across in text. And we’ve seen a clear move online towards visual-heavy content, such as through sites like Pinterest, which has grown faster than any other social networking site.
Extending this visual preference to the realm of resumes makes sense. Job seekers should just be careful to use these resumes in situations where the creativity adds to the candidate or has something to do with the job.
The Twitter Resume
Job seekers are savvying up to the power of Twitter and turning themselves into a Twitter trend. Using 140 characters wisely, job seekers are saying a bit about themselves and then directing potential employers to their online profiles elsewhere.
But is the Twitter resume (or “twesume” as it’s being called) here to stay? Probably not, but only because job hunting on Twitter will undoubtedly get more refined with time. Right now, some companies, including MTV and The Huffington Post, have their own dedicated Twitter feeds for career openings. More companies will likely follow suit. The Twitter resume seems like a bit of a stop gap until companies, job hunters, or even Twitter figure out a more intuitive way of conducting the job hunt on the micro-blogging site.
Niche Job Boards
Job boards have been around a long time and are undoubtedly here to stay. According to a survey by CareerXroads, job boards were the second largest external source of hires. From Monster to the job board functions on professional social media sites like LinkedIn, job boards are everywhere.
With the popularity of the job board has come a rise in niche job boards. These boards only cater to a specific industry like public relations or medical professionals. Niche boards can often fall as fast as they rise, but their usefulness is hard to dispute. Instead of being one in a sea of resumes, these sites offer job seekers the opportunity to be a big fish in a small pond. Better still, they do some of the job hunting legwork for candidates by filtering the search results to only positions a candidate would be interested in. Not every niche career board will be here to stay, but this is a fad job seekers should take advantage of to save time in the hunt.
In today’s digital world, there’s an app for almost everything. And why not, when 28 percent of iPhone users are checking their device before even leaving bed? Mobile apps in the job hunt can help you do everything from finding jobs to reworking your resume.
Is it all just a fad? As mobile becomes the wave of the future, more and more professionals will use it as part of the job hunt. This doesn’t mean, however, that mobile apps are especially convenient. If you want to search for jobs on the go, these apps are the best way to do it. But it’s hard to conduct a truly thorough search on such a small screen. While mobile apps will continue to develop, it will be some time before they’ll be able to take the place of your traditional laptop when it comes to scouring the web for top opportunities.
What do you think? Which job hunting resources do you think are just fads and which are here to stay? Sound off in the comments!
Josh Tolan is the CEO of Spark Hire, a video powered hiring network that connects job seekers and employers through video resumes and online interviews. You can connect with him and Spark Hire on Facebook and Twitter.
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