The best way to find work these days is by leveraging your connections. Talking to the people you know and reaching out to your personal network is much more effective than aimlessly submitting resumes into faceless HR databases. WorkFu is a new job search service that uses your personal connections to help you find work and connect you directly to the person who’s hiring.
WorkFu is in beta, but you can sign up now. You’ll need to use your Twitter account to log in, and once you’re in you’ll have to set up your professional profile before you can see the opportunities the site has. WorkFu pulls details from your Twitter account, so make sure to change them if they’re not the most professional. From there, the service assigns you a set of keywords that describe you and the types of jobs you’re looking for. These tags are important, so make sure you’ve added good ones and removed any that don’t fit you — the tags are how hiring managers will find your profile and how WorkFu judges your compatibility for a job opening.
Once your profile is set up, you can browse the jobs available, organised by “Fu Score”, or a metric that shows you how well you match the position and how close you are to the hiring manager’s personal network. If you see an opportunity you like, you can apply for it directly through WorkFu. A brief message will be sent to the hiring manager on your behalf, along with your score and a link to your WorkFu profile. The hiring manager can then look at your profile, your connected networks and get back to you on whether the opportunity is a good fit.
WorkFu is pretty slick and elegant, but keep in mind it’s a brand new service, so there may not be many opportunities in your community. There are, however, plenty of freelance and telecommuting jobs, so it may be worth a look if you’re looking for your next gig. Tried it and have an opinion? Let us know what you think in the comments.