There are lots of various ways to network with people in Ireland, the pub, golf, organisations like the IIA, First Tuesday and IT@Cork and electronically there’s LinkedIn. I haven’t greatly researched this but the only business orientated social networking site that Irish people seem to use greatly is LinkedIn. Are there other sites that people use? Sure there’s mySpace and even Bebo which can be used for networking if you want it to be but LinkedIn is geared for business networking which while isn’t a whole different kettle of fish, certainly is fish with different stripes. Mixed metaphors are worth two in the bush.
I’m surprised that TCH via their RecruitIreland.com site or IrishJobs.ie haven’t started down that route. Perhaps instead Bebo will be the darkhorse and do something like this. Afterall if they can retain their Irish userbase then they’ll have more access to candidates than most of the job sites out there. Bebo Jobs anyone? A few more cells in a DB and hey presto, users can add lots of employment history and job preferences to their profiles. Actually is it one of the Irish Bebo investors that’s invested into some job site too?
Anyways, if you are on LinkedIn, say hello to me on it. This is my profile.
Bonus link Via Adam Platti is Guy Kawasaki’s guide to making a better LinkedIn profile. It’s like SEO for social networking! Makes sense.