People are increasingly flocking to public libraries for job search resources. LinkedIn is an amazingly powerful tool you can direct your patrons to that could dramatically change their career outlooks.
With over 50 million users in 200 countries, LinkedIn is the most powerful business networking site on the planet. Unlike Facebook or MySpace, members join LinkedIn for business, not social. Members create pseudo online resumes highlighting the skills they can bring to an employer; gather recommendations from co-workers, employers, and clients; build professional rolodexes; join online groups to stay on the pulse of their industries; and have the ability to research potential employer profiles prior to interviewing.
Human resource managers and recruiters are increasingly using LinkedIn as a valuable means of evaluating job candidates. It gives them the opportunity to see a larger picture of a job candidate's character, interests, experience, and community involvement. Many are even requesting LinkedIn profile addresses on resumes.
According to Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute, internet and newspapers garner a 1-26% success rate in job searching, while networking yields a 50-86% success rate. Arm your patrons with this powerful tool and give them the edge employers are seeking!