Social Media Impact

May 28, 2009

Since I’ve turned into a social networking maven, I’m interested in who is using what and why.  Harris Interactive recently published the results of an online survey on the subject.  Take a look at the results.  A few facts I found particularly interesting include:

  • 74% of those 18 to 34 years old have a Facebook or MySpaceaccount, but just 24% of those 55 and older have an account.  (btw, I’m in that 24%)
  • Tweeting is only slightly more prevalent among the young, but not by much.  8% of those 18 to 34 use Twitter, 7% if you’re 35 to 44, 4% if you’re 45 to 54 and only 1% of your over 55.  I’m in that 1%.
  • Men and women use Twitter at the same levels, but women are more likely to have a Facebook or MySpace account.
  • There is an educational difference in the usage of social networking sites.  40% of people with a high school degree or less use Facebook or MySpace compared to 55% of those with some college and 52% of those with at least a college degree.

Not sure what the implications of these stats are — but it is definitely interesting to contemplate.

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What Are Today’s Hot Jobs?

May 28, 2009

According to research released today by Manpower, some employers are struggling to fill the following positions:

  1. Engineers
  2. Nurses
  3. Skilled/Manual Trades
  4. Teachers
  5. Sales Representatives
  6. Technicians
  7. Drivers
  8. IT Staff
  9. Laborers
  10. Machinists/Machine Operators

Considering today’s economy, it might seem counter-intuitive that it’s difficult to make these hires.   But finding the right employee means making a close match of job-specific skills, soft skills, work ethic, experience and a good culture fit — a perfect storm of the ideal combination of traits and characteristics.