This app has really been doing the rounds lately. Everyone’s been talking about it.
I didn’t pay too much attention, at first. I mean, I spend most of my days speaking on the phone. And, when I log off for the evening I’m pretty slumped. The idea of talking to strangers on an app, with no purpose, just wasn’t doing it for me.
After discovering my website though, a colleague recommended looking into Clubhouse. And then another friend… and then another. I then started to notice people in my network ‘hosting’ rooms and encouraging others to join them on the platform.
I’m not sure if it was the frequency bias or the invite-only model giving me FOMO vibes that finally pushed me over the edge.
I decided to check it out. I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I’m still very new to this platform, but here are my initial thoughts on what I’ve seen so far. It also got me thinking; could you use it for your job search?
What is Clubhouse?
Ok, so in case you have no idea what I’ve been talking about so far, here’s a quick run-down. It’s an audio-only social media platform. Essentially, I believe the idea is to scale-up conversations we’d usually have at the dinner table or other social gatherings. You can join any open room, review the topic that is being discussed and listen in. If you’d like to join in the conversation, just “raise your hand” and the moderator (or “mod”) can invite you up to speak.
It’s currently, solely on Apple (sorry Android users) and, as mentioned before, invite-only. This means, if you don’t know someone with a spare invite, then you’re put on the waitlist to join. How long the waitlist actually is though, is a question I am yet to see an answer to.
Clubhouse gives you unprecedented access to people we usually watch from afar. If you’re lucky, you may catch Elon Musk or Gary Vaynerchuk having a live conversation. These conversations aren’t recorded so if you miss it, you miss it.
If nothing else, I’ve actually found the app to be a great source of knowledge-sharing. I’ve not yet got too deep on the app myself, but even then, I’ve come across rooms filled with founders sharing their start-up stories, and industry experts answering questions about anything and everything.
People seem extremely open to sharing their experiences and being really vulnerable on the platform, to an extent you don’t really get on other social media sites. This could be due to the fact that you’re not necessarily put ‘front and centre’ if and when you decide to speak. There’s no live video. People only have access to your name, display picture and whatever you choose to put in your bio.
Is it possible to get a job on Clubhouse?
There’s a particular group of people I’ve found to be rather generous on the knowledge-sharing and handing out free advice front – recruiters (or maybe I just attract that demographic?).
I’ve seen and been a part of many rooms though, where recruiters are handing out free advice to job seekers. Good advice as well. Answering a plethora of questions, ranging from; finding the best routes into Tech, to CV and LinkedIn profile advice and how to prepare for interviews.
Personally, it’s been fascinating to hear the thoughts and experiences of my peers in this industry, in the UK and abroad. It’s also allowed me to network amazingly quickly and forge deeper connections, that go way further than an add on LinkedIn.
More importantly though, for you and your job search; it’s led to interviews. Real-life interviews. I’ve interviewed candidates who I never would have met otherwise, and who had no idea who I was prior (or the business I recruit for).
How to get a job on Clubhouse.
The key on this platform is to engage. If you’re on the job market, search out recruiters – they won’t be hard to find. Join their rooms. Ask questions. Find out if they’re recruiting. Ask them how you should go about your job search. Then, connect with them off the app. Everyone (especially recruiters) will have their contact details readily available.
Go further, search out experts in your field. Or the field you’re looking to get into. If you’re looking to get into digital marketing, you’ll find people on there. If you’re looking to get into cyber security, you’ll find them on there.
This is a great tool for networking, especially for introverts. Long gone are the days you had to attend meet-ups in person after work. Now, you have the ability to pop in and out of networking events as you please. With pretty much whoever you want.
Don’t get me wrong, I was super nervous my first few times actually getting involved in conversations. But, like anything, the more you do it the easier it gets.
To answer the question, you can definitely get hired through Clubhouse. I believe there’s a genuine opportunity to learn, network and even find a great job on Clubhouse. Or at the very least, find some great advice.
Meet me on Clubhouse (@AsherafJoseph) and let me know how you get on.
Thoughts, feedback and questions welcome.