New Social Strategies for Job Search
Information, Risk and Operations Management, McCombs School of Business
"It's not about how many social media connections you have. Have a good number of stronger ties if you want a career change, a business deal, or any sort of business or professional relationship. The weaker ties are not going to help as much as the stronger ties. "
Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 11:30AM - 1:00PM
AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
1900 University Avenue, Austin, TX 78712
Parking is available at the AT&T Center parking garage and surrounding public lots.
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It’s no secret that our social networks help us find jobs. Family, friends, and colleagues give us inside tips about job opportunities and can offer recommendations and direct access to hiring managers.
Interestingly, the advent of the Internet only made our social networks that much more important. While we now had instant access to job postings from around the world, so did everyone else. Often a job opening listed online is deluged with resumes and inquiries. This presents an obvious challenge to both job seekers, who want to stand out from the crowd, and recruiters who need to find the best match for the position.
Our social networks play a vital role by connecting job seekers with hiring managers, but can large online networks such as LinkedIn really help with our job search? We find a mixed outcome. Having more connections helps job seekers get more leads, but they can actually have negative effect when it comes to securing job offers. We discuss findings from a detailed survey of 109 unemployed white collar professionals and show how those outcomes could help us improve our job search strategies.
• The changing role of online social networks in the labor market
• How current platforms like LinkedIn can help or hurt a job search.
• The benefits and drawbacks of having a large online social network;
• How to best utilize those social networks to improve outcomes from job search efforts;
• Thoughts about how to optimize the job search;
• Discussion about new research that suggests recruitment through online social networks is beneficial for both hiring managers and prospective employees.
Rajiv Garg is an assistant professor of Information, Risk, and Operations Management (IROM) at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include economics, marketing, and information systems with a focus on digital, social, and mobile platforms.
Rajiv is a senior member of IEEE and has been serving on the board of various small corporations in the past decade. Rajiv’s research work has appeared in the MIS Quarterly (MISQ), Journal of Management Information Systems (JMIS), and various peer-reviewed conference proceedings.
Rajiv received his Ph.D. from the School of Information Systems and Management at the Heinz College, Carnegie Mellon University. He received graduate degrees in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, both from University of Southern California, and an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University in India.