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05 October 2009 @ 04:18 pm
Jobquest: Maybe there's an antisocial networking site...  
Okay, I've been blowing off most of the new "social networking" sites and applications, because, well, I don't "socialize" online under my mundane name. On the other claw, common wisdom holds that "networking skills" are the single biggest asset in job hunting, and frankly, mine are in red ink. There are advantages to having a "mundane" social presence on The Intertubes, and it's long past time that I start exploiting them.

So, Loyal Friends and Readers, do you have any opinions on the matter?

Poll #1466978 Job Hunting on the Bleeding Edge of the One-And-Twenty

What hip, new Social Networking sites are useful in job hunting? Are people using these "social" networks as professional ones?

Pfft. Please, none of these sites will help you get a job.
I have more suggestions in the comments!

Please elaborate on your answers in the comments.

I feel: curiouscurious
Bobyourbob on October 5th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
take a look at linkedin.com - you're welcome to add me to your connections if you do sign up. Since I don't know your mundane info, you'll have to note who you are, though.
silmaril on October 6th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I third this suggestion. LinkedIn looks pretty professional.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: WTF?foofers on October 5th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oops...I was gonna mention LinkedIn as well, but there it is now. My work here is done!

MySpace is a great professional networking site if your profession happens to be unicorns and rainbows and animated twinkly star backgrounds with annoying music that all conspires to bring even the beefiest multi-core, multi-gigahertz machine to its knees.
Araquan Skytracer: Computer stupidityaraquan on October 6th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Re: Joyquest!
So, web design in general, then?

*runs and hides*
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: I Poop Rainbows!foofers on October 6th, 2009 01:38 am (UTC)
Re: Joyquest!
Not quite in general, no. There's a direct 1:1 correlation between the unicorns-and-rainbows coefficient and the likelihood that the site was done by the boss' nephew rather than a paid design professional.
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on October 6th, 2009 02:38 am (UTC)
Re: Joyquest!

Though there are also a lot of large corporate websites that, while vaguely decent looking in aesthetic terms, are so full of scripts and flash and what-have-you that they can, as you suggest, bog down a fairly peppy system. It's led me to install all manner of whatever-blocking plugins. That's the type of web design I was mostly referring to.
Helvetica 'Foofers' Bold: I Poop Rainbows!foofers on October 6th, 2009 02:41 am (UTC)
Re: Joyquest!
Oh! You mean those damn Netflix pop-unders? :)
Araquan Skytraceraraquan on October 6th, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
Re: Joyquest!
Popups, popunders, marquee scripts, Flash ads (oh God, the Flash ads...), horrible. horrible misuse of mouseover devices (whether menus or ads or what-have you), etc. etc. @_@
ArchTeryxarchteryx on October 6th, 2009 12:50 am (UTC)
As others have said, linkedin.com is the professional networking site. It also would be a nice big firewall between social and professional networking.
(Anonymous) on October 6th, 2009 01:18 am (UTC)
LinkedIn. That's the whole point of the place.
(Anonymous) on October 6th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Personal networking is always a good plan really. All through college they were saying that the vast majority of good jobs are attained through networking. And often times the jobs in question are not even being advertised in any way. Its all word of mouth. I know I got my last job in such a way.

Asking around with your pals here is definitely a good first start. And from there, worm your way through the grapevine until you find something you like. :3 One never knows what might pop up
Tombfyretombfyre on October 6th, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
Woop, that was me. LJ signed me out for some reason between posts. :p
Anvil*: Horse1thoughtsdriftby on October 6th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
Agree, LinkedIn
Also, you can add me

If you can track down a company it's useful for tracking down an executive type and getting an introduction. Finding someone who knows someone...

Monster turns up lots of contacts who want you on their temp roster so if somewhere where they dumped your name (even if you applied yourself) they can get a chunk of you. Usually they offer very little value to your search. I just used Monster to see who's hiring or who had a neat place to work and then made the contact myself.

Are you looking for field work, lab work, teaching, teaching teachers...?
Can you contact alums in your field?
Your Obedient Serpent: green hills of earthathelind on October 6th, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Field work and lab work, mostly. I'd like a job that's a mix of data collection and data analysis -- if I don't have my hands on both ends of the process, I lack context.I need to see where it comes from, in situ, and I need to see what's being done with it.
Anvil*: Horse1thoughtsdriftby on October 7th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Ok, gives me a little idea what to look for.

Here's another site with events:

Lockheed had a free lecture series on materials back when I had more time.
It's a mixed bag but sometime it's just good to exercise new thoughts and see who's doing what(or just go bowling with a bunch of research scientists). Keep looking each week for a while something free (or cheap) will likely catch your eye.
Anvil*: Bubblethoughtsdriftby on October 7th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC)
Not quite but close (I think):

found that after this (but the links were broken):

Stanford, San Jose State, and the few JCs are worth a look as is any company co-sponsoring interesting research.