Facebook vs. LinkedIn: The Job Search

by Mark Wong on March 22, 2009 · 0 comments

in Career

60% of all jobs are found through networking.  As someone in the process of searching for a job, the debate about which networking site is better became suddenly relevant to my life.  I try not to spend too much time on either site, but I had established an account at both Facebook and LinkedIn and had built up a decent network.  I’ve always really thought of both sites as a waste of time more than a networking tool.

When my job search began, the first thing that popped into my mind was the vast amount of incriminating photos that were posted online.  I spent hours untagging myself from my drunken college memories.  I spent even more time deleting unruly wall post comments and “sheep throwing” references on my Super Wall.  While, I knew that Facebook had a privacy option to keep my information from the public, I still didn’t feel secure.  Given the large number of people in my network, and the fact that I pretty much accept anyone who asks, I really wasn’t sure who was an “insider” and how many of them were potential recruiters.

LinkedIn was completely the opposite experience.  I spent hours building up my profile and matching it up to my resume.  I dug back into all my past employment ventures and started getting back in touch with former co-workers.  The main complaint about LinkedIn is that you don’t spend any time on the site.  And it’s true; to get the LinkedIn experience you really just need to update your profile once in a while and accept or deny connection requests.  However, I was actually surprised to see how many of my contacts had already signed up for LinkedIn.  I think this was mainly due to my business and consulting background.  Many of my contacts are older and missed the Facebook boat; the only way to connect with them online is through LinkedIn.

So I guess the lesson learned here is that Facebook is for fun and LinkedIn is for getting a job.  The caveat, however, is that if I weren’t looking for a job, I probably wouldn’t even touch my LinkedIn profile.  Once I become employed again, I’ll rejoice when I can finally throw a sheep at my best friend and rejoin the group “I Don’t Care How Comfortable Crocs Are, You Look like a Dumbass.”

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