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Unemployed turn to social networking sites

March 30, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
With jobless rates on the rise, more unemployed people are now turning to social networking sites for help. One new company, JobAngels, is working with Twitter, Facebook, and Linked-In to help those who are out of work land a new job. According to JobAngels founder Mark Stelzner, the goal is to encourage family members, friends, and even strangers to reach out to the unemployed and help them find work in this tough economy.

"When we say simply help one person find a job, we mean it," said Stelzner.

The idea took flight less than two months ago with one simple "tweet" on Twitter. Now, it connects job hunters with potential employers. Thousands of followers are exchanging job leads, resume tips, and free advice.

"I got my own coach, someone who just wanted to help. That was her ulterior motive, to be good and kind and to help people," said former job seeker Leslie Birdwell Shortlidge.

Stelzner says the ultimate goal is to encourage people to continue to help others offline.

"If Job Angels does nothing more than remind people to help those with whom they already associate, those they love, we've succeeded, and we're thrilled with that," said Stelzner.


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