Job Seeker Profiles Get Social as Dice Talent Network Debuts

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Dice is extending its Dice.com environment to enable both job seekers and employers to enhance their profiles by connecting them to their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and personal blog accounts. The goal is to enable better promotion of personal brand.

Look at any contemporary advice on careers and you'll find that you should have a LinkedIn profile, a Facebook account and a Twitter account, and you should SEO-optimize your resume and any other profile information you have so that potential employers can find you. Online technology jobs marketplace Dice just made that a little easier for job seekers.

Dice July 27 introduced the Dice Talent Network. The new offering is an extension of the existing Dice.com environment that allows candidates to connect their social network presence—Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and personal blogs—to their Dice profiles. It enables candidates to follow and connect with target companies to help them improve their status with those companies.

"We are taking the best of both worlds," Tom Silver, senior vice president for North America at Dice, tells Channel Insider.

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Silver says100 companies have been participating in a pilot of the program since January. In addition, at least 20,000 candidates have built out larger profiles to go with their Dice profiles.

For candidates who don't want to alert a current employer of their search for a new job, they can choose to follow a company anonymously, according to Silver.

"Some tech pros are concerned they will be caught," he says. "The Dice Talent Network allows those candidates to just release information to specific companies and only when that candidate grants approval."

The service is free to candidates.

It also features real-time chat or instant messaging and enables employers to release networkwide announcements about new positions or opportunities within their organizations.

"It's a great way for candidates to improve their specific individual brand that an employer can see," Silver says. "Companies can see candidates' Dice resumes. Now they can see all their social networking information in one place, too."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com