We’ve all heard the saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” We all know what it means, we all know how true it usually is, but is it still relevant? Is now the time, if ever there was a time, to start teaching all the old dogs out there, some very new, very important tricks? Turns out, that answer is a very loud, Yes.
The current economic climate, despite the global warming that rages on around us, is chilly. There are more people in every economic sector losing their jobs, worried about losing their jobs, or currently searching for replacement jobs. The truth is, it’s scary. I just found a question that someone submitted to the Wall Street Journal that addressed this, and questioned if new social networking technology is necessary for these “old dogs.”
The question posed was the following:
“How important is it for educated, laid-off professionals over the age of 50 to join networking sites? I am very Web and computer savvy, but do not really care to get involved with Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.”
Wall Street Journal impressed me by saying that the person in question would be “doing yourself a disservice not to have a profile on a networking site in the current job market, career experts say. It’s becoming increasingly common for recruiters to use these as their first point of contact with potential employees. Without one, you could be in danger of being overlooked.”
Being overlooked, in today’s technological landscape is the worst fate one can suffer. It doesn’t matter how old you are, what your current job status is or what industry you’re in, every person should have at least some sort of social networking profile and presence. Heck, even the Wall Street Journal agrees.