Tuesday, September 4, 2012

LinkedIn, Unemployment And The Online Job Search


arthur@huffingtonpost.com


When Mark W. Riley of Little Rock, Ark., became unemployed for the first time in two decades, he ventured into the Great Online.

"Once I found out I was going to be laid off in April of last year, I realized how much job-hunting had changed in 20 years," Riley said. "The big advantage now is that in order to give people the opportunity to see my work ... I'm able now to put all that stuff online."

Riley, a 54-year-old marketing expert, created accounts on LinkedIn and YouTube, where he uploaded commercial spots he's created for educational institutions, grocery stores and political candidates.

"I had an interview yesterday and the interviewer had already taken a look at my portfolio, based on the links I'd put up," Riley said. "So that was a big improvement over what it was like 20 years ago. [Back then] I either had to open up a big notebook or ask, 'Have you got a VCR?'"

Riley's doing what job counselors (and even the government) tell unemployed people to do: Get online. It's a phenomenon LinkedIn cofounder Allen Blue said will revolutionize the economy and empower jobseekers.

"The world of employment, the world of how the economy functions, is undergoing radical change right now because of big data," Blue said in an interview at The Huffington Post's "What Is Working" jobs expo in Tampa, Fla. (More than two dozen companies and nonprofits have partnered with HuffPost to search for ways to reduce unemployment. LinkedIn is pitching in with an online forum and data on job openings.)

"Within a few years there’s going to be tremendous perception of what’s actually happening at all levels of the economy and we’ll actually be able to see it clearly, really, for the first time in history," Blue said. "The great thing about it is that that power’s actually going to be in the hands of the individual job seeker."

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