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Wired for Work Review 15 May 2010
By Kim H. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is supposed to give you help in using the internet to find a job. On the cover it says, "Get a job FAST using LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter."

At best it gives a "How To" for dummies on how to use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and My Space. Most of the instructions on these websites are self-explanatory. So for the book to further explain them is redundant.

It is a very short book with only 109 pages. It took me less than a half hour to read. Many pages include screen shots of these web pages. I also skimmed over the very self-explanatory items such as (for Facebook) "Going Public: Writing on a Friend's Wall" which was a half page of instructions.

This book reads like a very long magazine article. If you really need to find a job, this book will not be giving you any information that you could not easily find on the web.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Good for People Who Need Social Media Basics 14 May 2011
By Drea Knufken - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Most Internet users find Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pretty intuitive. Sign up, make connections, comment, respond. If you need extra tips, they're readily available online.

There are, however, some users who are unfamiliar with social networking websites, and prefer to learn about them by reading a book on how to use them. Author and publisher Steve Weber has created just that kind of book. In "Wired for Work: Get a Job Fast Using LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter," he details how to use LinkedIn, Facebook, and two other networks for finding a job.

"Wired for Work" is a brief, informative guide on how to use popular online networking tools to find job opportunities and get hiring managers to notice you. In a little over 100 pages, "Wired for Work" introduces you to social networking for your career, using LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace for job hunts, and common legal issues.

Weber provides basic details about each of the four networking websites mentioned above. He holds your hand through the process of signing up, building your network, using its features, and other essentials. He mixes in the occasional screenshot and success story to make things more understandable. He also adds little tricks you may not have heard about before, if you're already familiar with the software (for example, I didn't know that I could put my Amazon reading list on LinkedIn).

The first and last chapters don't show you how to use a social networking site, but offer other useful information. Chapter 1 gives a good overview of where we are now vis-a-vis social networking for your career. You learn details on avoiding scams and a little bit about personal branding. The last chapter covers common legal issues like copyright, defamation, and trademarks.

This simple, easy-to-understand book is laid out the way a lot of online writing is, with subtitles, bullet lists, and boldfaced points. In fact, you can read an online PDF version for free.

In sum, I'd call it a quick and dirty guide to basic social networking for job hunters. The book targets anyone who's not familiar with today's social networking technology, specifically Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and MySpace. I'm not sure why the author included MySpace--maybe he should include a disclaimer that it's not as big (at least for non-musicians) as those other websites.

I breezed through it and, as an experienced user of all the sites he mentioned, found Weber's information thorough. I wouldn't hesitate to give it to someone unfamiliar with modern gadgets or computers, eg. my mother-in-law. (Book review by Drea Knufken)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
How to clean-up and establish your cyber networking 12 Jun. 2010
By Charles Lyons, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Steve Weber has a bright and insightful book out by the title, "Wired For Work." I have been fortunate to move within the workplace and to not only be in the place where I want to be but also gain significant experience in the process. In doing this I have found mentors who influenced me how to improve my resume and improve my skill set when doing an interview. I have even found some great resources for the "job search." However, Steve Weber's new book fills a niche that has been "virtually" ignored.

If you have been in the job market for 20 or more years you have been exposed to a mindset that has discouraged non-traditional avenues to the job market. Don't get me wrong, networking and contacting has been strongly encouraged. But social networks through the internet have been viewed unrelated at best perhaps even unprofessional. Utilization of a cell phone in the process would be considered inappropriate outside of responding to a phone call. Yet in "Wired For Work" we have honest, practical discussions about technology and social networking that need to be addressed and explained.

From when it is appropriate to utilize technology, to how to establish an internet presence, much is communicated in succinct practical ways. Some people chose to vent through chat and assorted postings. Others build an alter-persona through postings and even personal websites. All of these may suddenly surprise you as your attempt to present yourself as a true professional in the job market. This is some of the practical realities that Steve Weber deals with in his book. He guides you in suggestions on how to identify and start cleaning up your image. Simple steps are shared in how to refine and expand your social networking presence.

This is not a large volume designed to impress you the reader with the scholarly nature of the writer. It is a jeep designed to briskly get you through the rough terrain that you may not be comfortable with at first. Yet, in this literary jeep you can begin to identify where you are now, establish a presence and begin building a virtual image that is both professional and a valuable resource in your quest for an improved career position. If you have been curious, perhaps wondering about starting with resources like Linkedin, Facebook or Twitter get this book, get the information and step out and build a positive presence.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
There's got to be more to social networking. 16 May 2010
By Monty Rainey - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had 3 family members affected by the current job market and down-sizing. I thought this book would be a good first step in helping them develop social networking opportunities to enhance their chances of finding employment. I found WIRED FOR WORK to be less than I had hoped for.

If you lack the basic computer skills to build a LinkedIn, Twitter of Facebook account, you might find this book helpful. The book does walk you through the process of building pages and developing your network, and does give common sense advice like not posting pictures on your page of your last frat party, but beyond that, there's not much here.

As someone who does a certain amount of hiring (but is restricted from hiring family members due to nepotism policies), one of the first things I do when an application comes across my desk is a quick Google search to see what kind of Internet presence a candidate might have. For the most part, the social networks do more to disqualify candidates than they do to qualify them. It is disheartening to find what you think might be a good candidate, only to find they joind a group called "I love stories that begin with - One night when I was really wasted."

Social networking will continue to become a more integral part of job hunting. Build your LinkedIn profile. If it were me, and I thought there might be something that might disqualify me from employment, I'd look at having my Facebook or My Space pages under an alias. There's got to be a lot more to using social media for job searching than what is contained here.

The subtitle is; Get a Job FAST using LinkedIn, Facebook of Twitter. I don't see that happening just from reading this book and applying what it has to say.
Wired for Work may be useful to some but not to all 16 Jun. 2010
By Bookventures Book Club - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Wired for Work is a guideline to using some of the more popular social networking tools such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Myspace.

According to the author, 8 in 10 employers use these social networking sites to recruit or screen applicants. While this book is a good guide to setting up these networking sites and subsequently using them for professional means, my problem with it is that most of the tools used did not suit the purpose of the book. For example facebook was featured by the author however i believe that the interface was changing and its not really a place for professional development but rather a place for self aggrandizement. For that reason i could not possibly see many people using facebook for the purposes outlined by the author. The same thing applied to the use of Myspace. LinkedIn was perhaps the best tool that could be used for this purpose and it was my feeling that the book should have been set on that tool alone.

However i did like the fact that the author used success stories for some of the tools used. That was an added bonus. On top of that the book does give you a step-by step guide on setting up these tools effectively and i found quite a few useful resources about twitter which i recently joined.

All and all, Wired for Work may be useful to some but not to all. I would not give it a second read
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