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Finding business journalism jobs on Facebook

September 13, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Elisabeth Butler Cordova of Crain’s New York Business writes about how Fast Company senior editor Jeffrey Chu found his latest job by surfing for friends on social networking site Facebook.

Fast CompanyCordova wrote, “While surfing through members’ personal pages on the social networking site, the financial journalist came upon a former colleague from his days at Time magazine.

“‘Dude, what are you doing on Facebook?’ Mr. Chu wrote to Robert Safian, now editor in chief of Fast Company.

“In the old days, that kind of salutation might not have pleased a prospective employer. But times have changed. The contact prompted a flurry of exchanges, all on Facebook, which led to a lunch meeting in the real world. The official job offer came through the site.

“‘I don’t think I got a regular e-mail from him,’ Mr. Chu says. ‘I don’t even know if I had his phone number.'”

Read more here. Also, note that the Society of American Business Editors and Writers has a members group on Facebook.

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