August 19, 2009
Lately, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding young people and why they don’t tweet. This video by Beth Kanter nails it. Watching this made me realize, young people don’t tweet, young professionals do. That’s why I was so excited when I heard a few weeks ago that @LenKendall was working on a project to create a list of the top under 30 tweeters. The list was released today; Top 30 Under 30 Tweeters: Volume 1. The first of many to come, this list recognizes up and coming under 30 tweeters and is meant to be a resource for young people on Twitter to aspire to. Not only are there some amazing people featured, but there are also over 100 nominees that are equally incredible that should not be overlooked. As Len describes it:
‘To recap the 30 under 30 Tweeters Project, we set out to find the best tweeters born after 1979 so that there would be a resource out there that people in this category could learn from and aspire to.’
The point of #30u30t and of Len’s recent panel submission for SXSW, Underrepresented at South by Southwest (check it out and help get this panel through), is to bring a voice to young people in the industry who ‘get it’ and to shed light on the obstacles young professionals are faced with as they try to make leeway in the digital world.
I also came across a new discussion #u30pro starting next week where people of any age can discuss how young professionals can contribute and grow in the workplace hosted by @CubanaLAF and @DavidSpinks (two people who are also listed as #30u30t).
These things are not only great resources for young and old alike, but are stepping stones in the initiative for young people to gain ground and respect in the online world.
(On a side note, I’d like to thank Len Kendall and all the judges for featuring me as one of the Top 30 Under 30 Tweeters. It’s an honor and a nice surprise to be among such forward thinking young professionals)
May 27, 2009
What are you worth as an employee? I just read an article in The Globe and Mail about Canada’s first job auction site. As we know, the recession has made it increasingly difficult for people to find work so they have been turning to innovative and creative ways to land jobs. The newest method? On-line auctions.
A job auction is set up for employers to post job openings and employees seeking work to bid on them. This method has become increasing popular in countries around the world, but Canada had not adopted it until now.
Filip Narula and Robert Hjelmberg, a pair of university students from Sweden, got the idea after reading about a similar site in Germany. There was already a site set up in Sweden, so after noticing Canada didn’t have one in play, they jumped on the opportunity to start the site. Although they admittedly don’t know much about Canada – only being here once to visit Niagara falls and Toronto.
The site, 4job.ca aims to connect an individual with a company or a job. The job will be posted with a description and the maximum salary the employer is willing to pay and the interested job seekers then compete offering their experience and salary. This allows the employer to chose the lowest bidder with the most experience to get the job. There is no charge to post jobs or submit bids so the site will most likely depend on advertisements to make money.
The site was launched yesterday and when I visited it today, there were four posting varying from a dog babysitter paying $150 for the week to a PHP programmer paying $21/hr. There are already 2 bids placed for the dog sitter.
Due to their small budget, they have not started marketing the website yet and have not received much publicity. Similar sites, such as jobaphiles.com in the United States, started out with only a few postings and now has over 800 jobs listed. Can the same happen for 4job.ca?
I wonder how employees feel about auctioning themselves off? Will this be seen as a great opportunity to stimulate new employment or as an exploitation of workers.
What do you think?