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Job Hunting In A Web 2.0 World

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Tips on finding a technology-related job in a Web 2.0 world, slanted towards a Massachusetts-based person, however, relevant for any high technology professional.

This presentation contains a high-level summary of using the internet, social networks, rss feeds, and alerts for your job search. If you are unfamiliar with these tools, this presentation can help you to manage the vast array of sites and information that you will use to find your next job.

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Job Hunting In A Web 2.0 World

  1. 1. Job Hunting in a   Web 2.0 World by John Piekos Sr. Director, Engineering [email_address] aim: JohnWPiekos linkedIn.com/johnpiekos twitter.com/jpiekos facebook.com/profile.php?id=540404663
  2. 2. In 2009, your Division shuts down... <ul><ul><li>The Good news: There appear to be jobs out there, if you know where to look </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In 2009 you have a VAST ARRAY of free communication tools at your disposal, and you can use them to find a new job </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. The current landscape <ul><ul><li>Common posting on corporate websites: &quot; No recruiters or offshore teams please, we've already got our hands full, thanks.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>    </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relying solely on Recruiters is &quot;bad&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Employer's market </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Very costly, at 15% to 25% of base salary </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Even fix-fee ($15k) difficult to part with </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public posting of resume is &quot;bad&quot;, in my opinion: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monster, The Ladders, etc.  Why pay? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Too passive of an approach to the job hunt </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>But may be useful in a &quot;cover all bases&quot; approach </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring managers are using Social and Web 2.0 to fill jobs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal recommendations are still the best method to get &quot;in&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Web 2.0 tools at your disposal <ul><ul><li>Job posting and aggregation sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Social Web: LinkedIn, Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs, including Twitter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Company Websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mail lists and groups (yahoo, facebook, linkedin groups) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 0.0:  Trade newspapers, like Mass High Tech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tools:   </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RSS reader (feeds) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail alerts </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Job Posting Websites <ul><ul><li>indeed.com:  &quot;one search.  all jobs.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>simplyhired.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>These sites aggregate from the likes of monster, dice.com, theladders.com etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>VentureLoop.com  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://ventureloop.com/ventureloop/job_search.php </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Craigslist: Yes, Craiglist! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up alerts for your query </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Either email or RSS feeds </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The scoop on CraigsList <ul><ul><li>Not only for buying/selling cars and junk, or &quot;hooking up&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low-cost way for employer to post job opening ($25 per post) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New jobs posted daily!  In all categories. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Search, and RSS... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The Social Web <ul><ul><li>LinkedIn </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay connected professionally </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Stay connected socially </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No longer college kids, most &quot;kids&quot; have moved on </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't have an account, get one! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Remember your parents having trouble programming the VCR? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Don't get &quot;stuck&quot;, don't be &quot;afraid&quot; of new technology </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. LinkedIn <ul><ul><li>LinkedIn, stay connected professionally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Job openings are posted </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>in-mail is a two-way street, hiring, getting hired </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Your online resume: get recommendations, give recommendations </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MAJOR TIP: With a target company, search for company to find people who work there </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MAJOR TIP: With a person's name, search for that person </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get help getting introduced </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MAJOR TIP: Google the person's name </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Facebook <ul><ul><li>Facebook, stay connected socially </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Be aware of what your &quot;friends&quot; are doing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Get ideas on how to reach out and reconnect </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Happy Birthday!&quot;  (boring! but can work) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social events, company &quot;fan&quot; pages, and technology/job groups to join </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Remember: what you post defines your public image </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid posting &quot;frat party&quot; photos </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May stay there forever... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Blogs <ul><ul><li>Read blogs that relate to your job </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find quality blogger - they are out there </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use your RSS reader, more on that later </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Post insightful comments, engage in online conversations, get known professionally and build &quot;online reputation&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>After understanding environment you might contact blogger regarding job openings </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Twitter, a micro-blogging tool </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;Follow&quot; companies and individuals in your area of interest </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relevant read: http://scobleizer.com/2009/01/12/if-you-are-laid-off-heres-how-to-socially-network/ </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Company Websites <ul><ul><li>Job postings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Management team </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Venture capital firms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>New investments almost always means new hiring </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>The key is to find someone you know or who can make an introduction! </li></ul>
  12. 12. Mail Lists and Groups <ul><ul><li>Yahoo groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LinkedIn groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>EasyAsk Alumni, many more... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mobile Monday </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Venture Capital Newsletters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Highland Capital Partners job newsletter </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.hcp.com/content5555.html </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Alumni email lists and groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HP Alumni </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Platinum/CA, etc </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. E-mail Newsletters <ul><ul><li>New England Tech Wire Newsletter </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.newenglandtechwire.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VentureWire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://fis.dowjones.com/products/venturewire.html </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TechCrunch (technology blog) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.techcrunch.com/ </li></ul></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Web 0.0, don't forget &quot;Low Tech&quot; <ul><ul><li>Mass High Tech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boston Business Journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boston Globe Business Section </li></ul></ul><ul><li>See who is hiring, see who got funding, see who closed big deals... </li></ul><ul><li>                                                                 </li></ul><ul><li>                                                            *Note: RSS feeds are available for these sources... </li></ul>
  15. 15. Web 2.0 Tools <ul><ul><li>Lots of information everywhere, can't possibly visit every site every day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Need timely information, being first in is important </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>       RSS - Really Simple Syndication   </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.google.com/support/feedburner/bin/answer.py?answer=79408   </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS Reader aggregates most information sources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate E-mail Alerts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate Craiglist, SimplyHired, Indeed, etc </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate Facebook Status </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Aggregate Blogs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Go to ONE place to read most information </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16.      Google's RSS Reader <ul><ul><li>reader.google.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example feed URLs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://rss.indeed.com/rss?q=vp+engineering&l=01886&radius=25 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://boston.craigslist.org/sof/index.rss </li></ul></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Web 2.0 Risks <ul><ul><li>Assume everything posted on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc stay forever </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Forever is a loooong time... assume &quot;google&quot; will eventually find it </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Take control of your online image. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Would you hire this guy to run your Sales team?  ---> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook photo of a sales executive </li></ul></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Future considerations... <ul><ul><li>Looking for the next job NEVER STOPS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ongoing effort to stay current and maintain contacts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Meetings/lunch/coffee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Emails </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Status updates, be active in Web 2.0-land </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two-way street!   Help others through your contacts, and forward job leads to others. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Someday they may return the favor... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don't forget, interview skills, follow-up, education, continuous improvement </li></ul></ul>

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