Xing: Jobs search for Schüchterne
Before starting my job at the LVQ, I worked as a lecturer at some smaller adult education institutions. In addition to the "classic application training" I explored with the participants the possibilities of the Internet in the job search.
I looked after a participant, who was rather reserved as a type. Although he was skeptical about Xing, he made a profile there. He limited his activities to networking with direct contacts and the tracking of group contributions in Xing groups that were of interest to him.
He created his profile so that he could be found for his department and looked in the power search for people who offer what he seeks. During his search, he landed on the profile of a production manager and looked at it, without making contact.
To be found!
The production manager, however, became aware of the visitor to his profile and looked again at his profile. He was so impressed that he wrote to him and asked for the activation of his contact information.
There was initially a communication exchange over telephone, then came the invitation to the discussion talk. In the end, we could agree on a cooperation.
Facebook only private, Twitter too abstract?
On Twitter or Facebook it would probably not have come to this contact, since the participant of me was not represented in the two mentioned platforms and did not want to.
"I use Facebook only for the private sector and Twitter is too abstract for me" - This is a statement that I often hear while Xing is understood and accepted as a business network.
However, it is not just the skepticism of many people about the meaningfulness of many social media job search platforms that gives Xing a head start over Twitter as a job acquisition platform: Often, there are also missing cognitive or technical skills to understand and handle multiple platforms.
I have supported a wide variety of people who differ according to age, nationality, educational level, as well as according to communicative, technical and analytical skills. Accordingly the work on the online presences of the participants was different.
The creation of profiles in Monster or Stepstone under guidance worked mostly well, even if there were already crumpled faces, if one pointed out the necessary regular profile care.
It usually became problematic with social media profiles: the participants who jumped on the social media train came at most to the Xing, occasionally to the LinkedIn wagon. After that, it was mostly the last stop.
Twitter and Facebook many too fast
Twitter (and Facebook) may be the more innovative, faster, more direct communication medium than Xing, but that's where the problem lies for many jobseekers - many are too fast, too dynamic, too present.
And I refer to the 28-year-old literary scholar ("I try Twitter for two weeks, I do not get it") as well as the 58-year-old engineer ("Do I need such a Facebook now?").
Many participants with whom I speak appreciate the communication skills of Xing, as they are not constantly under communication pressure. They consider it much more important to have gathered their contacts, to be informed about what they are doing, and to be able to easily find out about events through which they can expand their network.
Comparing Xing and Twitter as a tool for job search with each other, always take into account who is using it. Twitter may be faster and more innovative than Xing as a communication medium, so it is not the same as the more effective media for job search.
In the end, it is important to find suitable tools, to know their functions and to use them properly.
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