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Six Job-Hunting Tricks For a Web 2.0 World

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Approximately 53% of IT workers are actively or passively searching for a new job right now, according to a Computerworld survey. At the same time, 46% of the respondents say it's been five years or more since their last job search. For those who are new to job hunting in a world of social networking and LinkedIn, the hiring landscape has changed considerably. With employers advertising fewer open positions because they are deluged with resumes, job hunters must make themselves easy to find on social networking sites. After updating your resume and joining LinkedIn, the key is to build a robust network of contacts that can help you in your job search.

The most important tool in your jobseeker's toolkit should be LinkedIn. With more than 100 million registered users, LinkedIn is the most popular tool used by recruiters and job seekers alike. Nowadays, LinkedIn is essentially your first interview, and it happens without you. A hiring manager or recruiter takes a look at your background and makes a quick decision of whether or not you would make a good fit.

IT job seekers can make full use of their LinkedIn profile by using new LinkedIn applications like SlideShare, Creative Portfolio Display, and Year in Review. For job seekers who are targeting a specific company, LinkedIn has added a feature called Company Pages. By clicking the Statistics icon on a Company Page, or corporate profile, users can find out where departing employees found new jobs.

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