In our continuing effort to connect job seekers with inside connections at the places they want to work, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new service, inCircle Jobs.
With this new product, we are exploring new ways to connect job seekers with “weak ties”. First, a brief overview of “weak ties” and the value of “inside connections”. It’s commonly accepted that the best way to find a job is through someone you know, we refer to these folks as “inside connections”. With high unemployment and employers inundated with too many resumes, an inside connection passing your resume along to a hiring manager can make all the difference.
The concept of “weak ties” dates back to a study by Mark Granovetter in 1973. Without getting too bogged down in the academics, Granovetter uncovered that most people that found their job through an inside connection were referred by people they only saw occasionally or rarely, leading him to coin the phrase “the strength of weak ties”.
With inCircle Jobs, our goal is to make it as easy as possible for your friends to introduce you to the other people in their network who may be able to help you find a job. Because there’s overlap in your networks, your closest friends may not have access to opportunities that you don’t already have direct access to yourself. However, their friends often extend your network and open up a world of opportunities you may not realize you have access to.
On inCircle Jobs, job seekers fill out profiles indicating what types of jobs are of interest. They share their profiles with friends, who will see exactly which of their own friends can help the seeker land a job. For example, if John is looking for an engineering job, John can ask Sally to view his profile. When Sally views John’s profile, she can easily see that her friend Tom works at a company that is hiring engineers. Sally can then offer to introduce John to Tom, giving John direct access to an inside connection, Tom.
For now, inCircle Jobs requires a Facebook account to determine who your connections are. In the future, we are planning to add support for other networks. Also, for Associations, who are wondering how this might benefit them, we are looking at how we can leverage “weak ties” in the context of an alumni community. We’ll be looking for Associations to participate in a pilot soon.
In the meantime, try it out at http://www.incirclejobs.com/.