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The Weekend Interview: Job Hunting in the Network Age - WSJ
By ANDY KESSLER
July 18, 2014 | WSJ |

Reid Hoffman has a theory on what makes ventures work: understanding that information is no longer isolated but instantly connected to everything else. Call it the move from the information age to the network age. Mr. Hoffman thinks that the transformation is just getting started and will take out anyone who stands in the way.

But what is a network? It's an identity, he explains, and how that identity interacts with others through communications and transactions. It's not just online, on Facebook and Twitter, but everywhere. It is the sum of those communications, conversations and interactions.

"Your identity is now constituted by the network," he says. "You are your friends, you are your tribe, you are your interactions with your colleagues, your customers, even your competitors. All those things come to form what your reputation is." In short, you are no longer the only one in control of your résumé...Mr. Hoffman had his own idea for a personal information managers (PIM) concept, but raising money proved tough. He got his first taste of venture capitalists in 1994 when he tried to find funding: "You probably should go learn how to launch software," potential investors told him.

So Mr. Hoffman joined Apple......Mr. Hoffman thinks that corporations still haven't figured out how to use LinkedIn and other platforms to their advantage. "All companies are being affected by globalization. All companies are being affected by technology disruption. Which means the innovation and adaptation cycles are getting shorter and shorter." How do you make your company more adaptive? "The answer is you need adaptive people working for you. It's much better for the company and much better for the employees—it accomplishes a network effect,"

Finding these adaptive employees is one thing, keeping them is another. LinkedIn forces companies to work at that.
accelerated_lifecycles  adaptability  Andy_Kessler  Communicating_&_Connecting  informational_advantages  innovation_cycles  job_search  learning_agility  LinkedIn  networks  networking  network_effects  network_power  Reid_Hoffman  reputation  résumés  retention  Silicon_Valley  tribes 
july 2014 by jerryking
Autobytel Inc.; Autobytel Debuts Innovative, Cost-Effective Local Marketing Opportunity for Nation's Dealers
Anonymous. Journal of Transportation. Atlanta: Feb 25, 2008.
pg. 16. How LocalConnect Works

For new vehicle dealers, the ads displaying special offers (updated
weekly) are exclusive to each dealership brand in the consumer's area
and are targeted to appear at relevant points during consumer research
activity. For example, if a consumer is researching the brand the dealer
carries, the local dealership's marketing messages and an 800 number
that dials directly into the dealership will automatically appear,
together with the opportunity to click through to view special offers as
well as customized video demonstrations and slideshows spotlighting
specific dealer inventory. Each ad's effectiveness is tracked with
detailed activity reports including amount of time spent viewing the ad,
click-throughs, emails and phone calls with playback.
ProQuest  online_advertising  websites  marketing  market_opportunities  City_Voice  classified_ads  second_hand  shopping  retention  local 
july 2010 by jerryking
Why New Grads Love Cisco -
September 3, 2009 | BusinessWeek | By Lindsey Gerdes

Cisco Choice, launched in 2006. Allows new grads to choose which
department they'll join and which manager they'll work for. After a
week-long overview of the company and a week of presentations from
managers at more than 30 business units, cohorts spend a final week
meeting with the managers and employees in each participant's five
favorite business units. Each employee then selected his or her top
three managers and await placement. Managers are eager to accept the
additional manpower because most of the training and salary costs come
out of the corporate budget, not their own.
Cisco  Colleges_&_Universities  onboarding  Freshbooks  new_graduates  retention 
september 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: The still-gaping gender gap
May 5, 2008 G&M article by Marlene Habib on the declining enrollment of female engineering students.
recruiting  engineering  Colleges_&_Universities  decline  gender_gap  female  women  enrollment  retention 
january 2009 by jerryking

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