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'BranchOut' Will Help You Land a Job by Spamming Your Facebook Friends

Are you unafraid to annoy your Facebook friends until you finally land that new job? There's now an app for that. According to its description, 'BranchOut' is supposed to provide you with "inside connections at hundreds of companies" by "expanding your career network through all of your friends on Facebook." And how does it do that? With spam, apparently. Once you download 'BranchOut,' the too...

'Team Players' Need Not Apply to LinkedIn's Most Overused Resume Words

Hey there, motivated team player with incredible problem solving skills! Are you looking for a job? Well, you probably won't find one -- at least, not using those words. Along with "results-oriented," "innovative" and "fast-paced" (your writer being guilty of that one, herself), the aforementioned are among the ten most overused words on professional networking site LinkedIn. LinkedIn's job-nabbin...

Potential Employers Go to Google, Facebook to Dig Up Dirt on You

We already knew that employers and hiring managers do Web-based during the job-hiring process. There's enough anecdotal evidence out there that you probably didn't need to read Microsoft's study that found 70-percent of U.S. hiring managers rejected applicants based on their online activities. But that tidbit of information is pretty useless unless you know where they're looking (though you shoul...

Clever and Creative Resumes From Around the Web

The economy may be showing signs of improvement, but it's still hard out there for job seekers. If you're going to get hired in today, you'll have to get noticed first. Inventive job hunters, then, are turning to the Web and dreaming up some rather innovative techniques to make their resumes stand out. The good people at the Huffington Post (or HuffPo, to its friends) have assembled a slide sho...

Job Seekers Changing Names to Hide Facebook Profiles

Share Employees and job seekers are learning, slowly it seems, that anything they post online is fair game for employers. We don't need the recent survey commissioned by Microsoft to tell us that managers and recruiters are turning to social networks to review applicants, but a little reinforcement of the point doesn't hurt. Rather than exercising some well-advised self-censorship, though, new...

Twitter a Tool for the Industrious Unemployed

With the job market more competitive than it has been in years, people must get creative, whether hiring or searching for a position. We all know that Twitter can be used for nefarious means, but, as it turns out, the social networking site has emerged as a useful tool for employers and job candidates, alike. Thanks in part to job search engines like TwitJobSearch, more and more people are fin...

Need a Job? Update Your Facebook Status and Start Tweeting

A mere 15 years ago, job hunting required serious work. The unemployed and the discontent were forced to endure extensive letter writing, cold calling, and frequent trips to the copy store to create professional resumes. Don't even get us started on job fairs. The Internet age has completely altered that job-hunting dynamic; faxing a resume to everyone in the yellow pages, scouring paper classifie...

Twitter Distributes E-Mail Addresses of Job Applicants

With the economy in dire straits, it's a hard time to be looking for a job. Privacy concerns make it even worse. While job search sites make it much easier to find and apply for jobs, they can also be huge repositories of very personal information that you probably wouldn't want exposed to the public. Monster.com has repeatedly been a poster-child for what happens when job seeker data gets leak...