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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

The Power of Networking

I was contacted recently by someone that was hiring a new employee. They had searched out applicants on the Internet and found that one of them had a blog on my SQLServerCentral site. They sent me a note asking about my interactions with the applicant.

I can’t disclose who it was or what took place, but there are a couple of interesting things to note here:

  1. Social networking matters. The person that contacted me knew me from my twitter posts and felt comfortable asking.
  2. A person’s efforts online were noticed. The blog added something to the person’s application. I know because I asked and this was not an HR person, but another techie. They were interested in the posts.
  3. What you blog about is fair game in the interview. This person said they were going to ask the person about some of their blog posts.

I don’t know if the person got the job, and that’s not really relevant to branding and the Modern Resume. A resume has never gotten you a job, nor will it. You have to stand on your own two feet and present a great employee in the interview, but a brand can help you stand out in these tough times when every position will have dozens of applicants.

Cross posted at The Modern Resume blog

Comments

Posted by Dugi on 29 December 2009

Very interesting, for the first time I heard something like that. It could be ok, if someone searching for you in LinkedIn but the situation like yours here it is very nice privilege!

For the professional presentation I like LinkedIn, Blogs in professional environment like SSC, SSP, SQLblog, etc. I don't like Twitter or Facebook (waste of time)! - that's my opinion!

Posted by Steve Jones on 29 December 2009

Twitter, Facebook, etc. are what you make of them. That's like saying that you don't come to a user group because it can be a waste of time. Or that you can't walk from your office to the kitchen because people will waste your time.

You don't have to be on Twitter/FB 24x7 to make use of them.

Posted by Dugi on 29 December 2009

I categorized them in "waste of time", many companies has been disable opening the sites like Hi5, Facebook, Twitter(not yet because they don't know to much about it, but soon they will do), youtube etc.

I agree with you NO Twittering/FBing 24x7, but if you plan to be online for 30 min you will play for 60 min etc.

Posted by Steve Jones on 29 December 2009

I think you're missing the point of them in terms of communicating with other professionals. If you haven't used them, then you can't really judge them. I find lots of help and links from people on Twitter and Facebook. If someone is posting too much, you block, or ignore them.

Posted by mark blakey on 30 December 2009

I agree with steve, I got into Twitter recently and it opened up a whole new world of networking oportunities

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