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HuffPo Opportunity Arianna Huffington Looks for Job Solution as Election Nears

From The Huffington Post

Arianna Huffington and The Huffington Post launched a new jobs related content section today called Opportunity: What is Working.

Just months ahead of a Presidential Election that will surely focus on the economy, jobs, and unemployment as main talking points, Huffington’s effort is described as a fundamentally bipartisan issue: ”what we the people can do to accelerate job creation and fill job openings.”

It’s no surprise that jobs reports and potential presidential election results go hand in hand, and we expect new initiatives and louder rhetoric to emerge over the next 3-4 months as voters’ views start to solidify.

The online recruitment and social recruiting markets are heating up at exactly the same time, and we’ll make sure to keep you updated on the latest emerging trends and initiatives that can help job seekers find new opportunities, and employers find new talent.

Keep the conversation going with us on Twitter @TweetMyJobs.

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Closing The Communication Gap

by Coleman on March 12, 2012

The highly anticipated February jobs report was released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and revealed the national unemployment rate held steady at 8.3%. The economy added 227,000 jobs in February and, according to some, is a positive indication of our country’s economic recovery. The BLS releases the unemployment numbers every month, but February’s figures are particularly interesting because of the political implications they have in an election year.

b12objects024 Closing The Communication Gap

Social recruiting helps to close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

Instead of addressing the politics of the numbers, let’s focus on the fact that our job market could potentially be recovering. After all, we’re in the business of connecting job seekers with employers and have been working tirelessly to build tools that put job seekers back to work.

Although the positive news is well received, there are still glaring discrepancies in our labor market – specifically, the 24 million Americans that are still unemployed or underemployed while 52% of US companies have trouble finding talent. This is a clear indication that the distribution model is broken, and it’s essential for companies  to continue to disrupt the status quo and close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

The “Great Recession” impacted each industry differently, and some fared better than others. The reality is that all companies were forced to evolve and adapt in order to survive, and the same logic applies to how employers find talent. Employers must put their positions in front of as many relevant eyeballs as possible, and social media is the most logical place to start. Facebook has as many users as the entire Internet did in 2004 and Twitter is now growing at a faster pace than Facebook – the untapped talent pool in social media is undeniable.

The unemployment rate is just one indicator, and we’re also starting to see a shift from the “old” online recruiting model. Forward thinking mayors in Newark and Atlanta have already adopted new, social technology to help job seekers connect with employers, and the masses are beginning to follow suit.

Are you incorporating social media in your recruiting strategy? Sound off in the comments below.

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Mayors Kasim Reed (Atlanta, GA) and Cory Booker (Newark, NJ) are innovating through social media – launching social recruiting jobs platforms in their respective cities to connect seekers with employers. The Atlanta, GA and Newark, NJ social recruiting initiatives are gaining momentum, as seen in the embedded video above, from FOX’s On The Job Hunt special feature.

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