Using social media to find your next job

February 17, 2014

Preparations while looking for a new job…

  • Ensure that your resume is up to date with all the projects in the previous assignment.
  • Your LinkedIn profile should be up to the mark as well.
  • If there are profiles on other job sites, then they need to be updated too.
  • Start talking to your immediate network about openings and start setting alerts for the kind of openings you are looking out for.

Preparations once a job opportunity is found…

  • Ensure that you have a thorough knowledge of the basics of the field you are in and you are on top of the news in the industry.
  • Understand the business and products/services of the company that you intend to apply to. Then chalk out how you, with your skills, can add value to their organisation. This basic study will help in all the screening processes.

Using social networks to find new jobs…

  • Social networks are a huge help these days—LinkedIn being the leader here—with the recommendation, profile sharing and job posting opportunities.
  • Facebook and Twitter are becoming an effective medium to discover jobs, get referred and even apply.
  • Individuals are using their social networks as referral networks and getting friends to join their companies.

Source: Rediff


New IT jobs down by 25% in India

December 30, 2008

willcodeforfoodThere is more bad news for job seekers. A study by Naukri.com, states that the Overall Job Index in October 2008 is 781 as compared to 1000 in July 2008 indicating a decline of almost 21.9 per cent.

Historically, there is a seasonal decline in October which is around 10 per cent as recruitment slows down due to the festive season. The index suggests that companies are scaling back their recruitment plans due to the global financial crisis.

The IT sector has been hit badly by the slowdown. Both the software and hardware sectors have witnessed a dip in new jobs by almost 25 per cent since July this year

IT loses, but BPOs gain

Banking and financial services have seen a decline of over 32 per cent in October, while construction and engineering have seen a decline in new jobs by almost 22 per cent since July 2008.

The pharma industry has been comparatively less affected with a fall in the index of less than 15 per cent. Niche sectors like government and legal have seen an increase in new jobs.

Hiring dips in metros

The metros saw a dip in the supply of new jobs. Besides the slowdown, Diwali and Dussehra impact hiring to a considerable extent.

Metros that generate jobs saw a decline in new jobs to the tune of 16 per cent in comparison to the usual 10 per cent in earlier festive seasons. In the Delhi-NCR region, new jobs fell sharply after maintaining stability in August and September.

The job index for Delhi fell from 1000 to 786. Mumbai witnessed a higher setback in the month of Oct as compared to September and August, the job index fell from 1000 to 715 in October 2008 as compared to July 2008.


Bangalore, the IT hotspot, has lost new jobs since July, especially in August which saw a decline of close to 20 per cent as compared to September.

Worst-hit cities

Chennai saw a marginal increase in new job creation during September, however October saw a fall to the tune of 10 per cent.

Hyderabad and Pune bore the brunt of the slowdown, especially in the IT sector, and witnessed a decline of over 15 per cent in new jobs during October.

Jobs in Kolkata were severely affected with October alone witnessing a decline in new jobs by over 32 per cent. Chandigarh saw a slowdown in hiring to the tune of 35 per cent since July due to a slowdown in the IT sector.

Govt jobs rise

The banking industry shows a slowdown in hiring in the month of October.

Legal and government jobs saw an increase over the period of August, September and October 2008.

Over the past three months, real estate, banking, finance, IT and retailing show a decline; while telecom, pharma and hospitality emerge as attractive options. Some niche sectors, like government, defence and legal sectors have gained attractiveness in recent months.

Source: Rediff