I had a conversation recently with Jim Storer of The Community Roundtable about the media coverage I received for my use of social media on the job hunt. Jim pointed out that Aaron Strout had written a post in 2008 about using social media in the hiring process, which led to Aaron being featured in the Boston Globe and U.S. News & World Report. Jim suggested that I explore the evolution of the use of social media in the hiring and job searching process and parallels between Aaron and my approaches for a blog post. After finding and reading the pieces from 2008, I reached out to Aaron and asked if he’d be willing to be interviewed via Skype and he graciously accepted. Aaron was kind enough to spend 15 minutes sharing some of his experiences using social media in the hiring process and offering advice for job seekers utilizing social media in their search. The following is our conversation:
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At the time Aaron wrote Hiring in a “2.0” World, he was VP of Social Media at Mzinga here in Boston. He has since moved to Austin, where he’s currently the Head of Location Based Marketing at WCG. He is also the Co-Author of Location-Based Marketing for Dummies. If you’re interested in reading more from him, you can find his blog here. A lot of what Aaron had to say in 2008 resonated strongly with me as I read it a few weeks ago. Although he approaches things from the opposite side of the coin as a hiring manager, we seemed to share some of the same opinions about a traditional resume’s inability to provide a holistic view of a candidate in the way that blogs and social media profiles can. As Aaron told the Boston Globe at the time, by vetting prospective employees through these channels, “I can see how good a writer you are, I can see your network. It gives a much fuller, richer picture of who someone is.” That was the rationale behind me creating http://HireDaveCutler.com, my app and blogging more here, as I wrote about in my post Job Searching; Socially in January.
Have any experience using social media in the hiring process or as a job seeker? I’d be interested in hearing about it. Please share with me in the comments below. Thanks!