Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Facebook Versus LinkedIn: The Debate Continues

For those of us in the recruiting or career profession, the Facebook versus LinkedIn debate is a fascinating one.  On one hand, some believe LinkedIn to be THE professional networking tool.  This group generally reserves Facebook for personal use and tends to believe that job searching on Facebook involves a certain degree of risk as far as one's reputation is concerned.  Facebook-centered job search applications like BeKnown and BranchOut are also met with suspicion. 
On the other hand, there is a group that is open to Facebook job searching.  College students and younger professionals often don't feel as if they have a "professional network."  Most are already on Facebook and feel that they benefit most making job connections with the existing network of friends and family.  There are still others who feel that they have closer relationships with their Facebook contacts and that they are more likely to be of assistance in a job search.

We still don't know how this will come out in the proverbial "wash" although there are no shortage of opinions on the issue.  One such opinion is written by Jody Ordioni for and is entitled Why Facebook Will Destroy LinkedIn.  Take a moment to read it, and let us know what you think.

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