Unemployed? Worry not! Every Monday, MainStreet finds companies that are hiring full-time workers—right now. This week, we look at the top social networking sites. Needless to say, you must be comfortable online (these companies all prefer hiring people who use their services). The best part? These employers offer a really fun working environment and some of the coolest perks around.
Who They Are: Social network geared toward making professional connections. LinkedIn has more than 42 million members.
Where They Are: Headquartered in Mountain View, California, with several smaller offices and customer service centers in other parts of the country.
What They Want: Most of their current openings are in IT and software engineering areas
Coolest Job: With perks like an on-site arcade room, Ping Pong table, free daily catered lunch and a fully stocked ice cream freezer, any job here is sure to seem cool. They are currently seeking a Manager of Member Engagement who will "build and execute programs to drive LinkedIn members to participate in targeted research programs such as surveys." You need 5-10 years of loyalty program or market research experience, expertise in database marketing and a college degree.
Who They Are: Social networking site with more than 200 million active users and more than 850 employees.
Where They Are: Based in Palo Alto, California, with six other U.S. locations and a few international offices.
What They Want: There are lots of tech-related openings (positions include software engineers, data architects and web designers), plus opportunities in marketing, sales and finance.
Coolest Job: If you have a knack for sniffing out online scammers and fakes, the Fraud Investigator opening might interest you. This person would help "develop proprietary tools and techniques to locate and neutralize perpetrators." Successful candidates for this job would enjoy "finding patterns amidst chaos, solving puzzles and making quick decisions." You also need a college degree and experience with finance or fraud investigations. In addition to medical benefits, Facebook offers paid parental leave, lots of paid time off, childcare reimbursement and free on-site dining centers.
Who They Are: Social networking site that is currently exploding in popularity.
Where They Are: Based in San Francisco.
What They Want: People with creativity, enthusiasm and computer skills. Specifically, they need candidates for positions in engineering and IT areas. Despite Twitter's growth in popularity, it still maintains a small staff, so this is a great chance to take an active role in the company’s evolution.
Coolest Job: The Director of Strategic Web Partnerships, a newly created position, is in charge of creating the strategy for how Twitter should work with other Web companies and proactively seeking out key partnerships. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience with Internet distribution deals, business development expertise and great written and spoken communication skills. Twitter offers a spacious, sunny work environment, the opportunity to work with very creative people and cool benefits like free breakfast and snacks.
Next: Bonus Cool Job of the Week
Bonus Cool Job of the Week: Wish you get paid for spending time on Facebook and Twitter? Now you can! Orbitz, the online travel site, is looking to hire a Social Media Specialist. This position involves monitoring social media sites for pop culture news, travel stories and anything else that might interest Orbitz site visitors. The job also involves developing and expanding the site's social media elements and collecting and sharing your insights while using various social media services. You need three years of business-related social media experience, content management skills and a college degree.
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