SOC326 7-22-08

SOC326 7-22-08 - SOC 326 Job Searches and Social...

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SOC 326 7-22-08 Job Searches and Social Networks -Finding a job -Various job search strategies -Formal methods (job listings, jobs fairs, etc). -Direct methods (unsolicited e-mails to potential employees). -Informal methods (personal referrals from associates). -Surveys consistently show that the majority of people find their job via social networks. -One estimate is that 60% of American workers found their job through a personal contact. -Such contacts represent social capital. -Why are social contacts advantageous? -Available jobs are not always advertised outside the organization. -Perhaps 2/3 of job opportunities are unpublished or “hidden”. -Contacts can provide personal recommendations and vouch for your qualifications. -Help to informally “screen” applicants. -Granovetter: “The Strength of Weak Ties” (1973) -Linked network structure to job searches. -Found that most people did not find their job through formal/direct means. -Formal/direct methods accounted for 44% of job leads.
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