In 2014 we’ll use our friends to find work.
I admit, that doesn’t sound very new. In fact it’s actually a century’s old tradition – many jobs used to be passed down through the generations or found through local contacts.
In recent years we’ve taken that online - retweeting job adverts to our networks or connecting to others via LinkedIn.
But in 2014 the online job search is getting a social action makeover.
Let me introduce you to Eshan. Last year he posted on the State of Ambition website about his hopes of becoming a broadcaster. No-one he knows works in television or the media. But within a day he’d been put in touch with Jon Snow for a bit of advice. That’s social action in action.
The website he used, State of Ambition, helps young people to identify their career ambition, and connect with those that can help them achieve it. A young person’s post stays up for 21 days and in that time they connect with friends, and friends of friends, and friends of friends of friends.
And there’s plenty more sites using social action to help people find work, such as:
Maybe we’ll even see this supercharged social action movement go one further and job centres will not just be a place where you a see paid advisor, but somewhere to connect with local people with similar experience who’ve donated their time to help others back into work - people powered job centres if you will.
So my prediction is that 2014 is the year of friends helping friends to find work online.
Using the skills, networks and generosity of friends to find work isn’t new. But this new wave of online support isn’t jobs for the boys and it’s not being forced to come to a ‘networking’ drinks event. It’s a whole new social action movement to help us all find meaningful work.
* Photo courtesy of Jenna Percella