Online networks a magnet for job-seekers

Via Yahoo Tech / Reuters …

Janel Landon, who runs a small PR consultancy in Chicago, has long been aware of the potential of online networks: now in her mid-50s and facing a global recession, she’s decided to sign up.

“Given the state of the economy, I recently decided to jump on board,” Landon told Reuters. “Professional networking is a ‘must do’ during unstable economic times.”

The economic crisis slamming firms across the globe has sparked a spike in usage of professional networks — Xing and LinkedIn are key sites — as people hedge against losing work and laid-off employees seek jobs.