‘You Are Your Brand:’ Using Social Media to Find a Job

This is the VOA Special English Economics Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | http Today we share some ideas for job hunters about presenting yourself online. Ben Kirshner is chief executive of a New York company he started in two thousand four. Elite SEM, or search engine marketing, has about twenty-five employees. Many companies use headhunters — recruiting services that find workers for high-paying positions. But Mr. Kirshner says that would cost him probably ten to fifteen thousand dollars to find a one hundred fifty thousand dollar a year employee. He saves money by advertising jobs online and using social media. Sometimes finding the right person this way can take time. But recently Mr. Kirshner posted a job on the advertising site Craigslist. He says he had one hundred fifty good candidates within four hours.He says his company does not use sites that offer to search the Web for information about job candidates. His company does that itself. Social networks and other websites can provide a lot of details about people’s lives. As Ben Kirshner points out, that may even include personal information that employment laws prevent employers from asking. He says: “Things we are not legally allowed to ask in an interview, we can find because they’re publicly displaying it on the social networks.” Leslie Stevenson directs the Career Development Center at the University of Richmond in Virginia. For young job-seekers, she says, the barrier between public and private is
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  1. xuongrong48 says:

    Thank you very much!

  2. dana60cj says:

    What! “Things we are not legally allowed to ask in an interview.” So lives of potential employees are viewed and judged by employers based on their gay social media sites. Employers are looking at them and basing their hiring practicis on them? These social networks put not only your personal privacy at risk, they can get you hired or not. Wow, I need out of this nation.

  3. dana60cj says:

    You’re pretty but you sound like a computer reading, and you got your job because of that. Good luck with employers after wading through the company‚Äôs bull shit pile of online assessments, which mean nothing after 100 other people already have before you. Most companies don’t even except physical resumes or applications. The world has gone to the internet and it has ruined every realistic aspect of job hunting. This makes it even harder, there is no judge of character upon meeting you.

  4. taeny1989 says:

    Alex’s so beautiful ^^ i love her voice

  5. nguyenvanthu1000 says:

    Thanks, Ms . Alex Villarrual !

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