Volunteering your way into a job

When I wrote about searching for salary information online, I missed a new player in that market, Jobnob, which says it has collected and posted salary information on close to three million jobs.

But that’s not what caught my eye about Jobnob. For a site all about making salary information more transparent, the founders are doing something surprising — encouraging people to work for free. Just as I’ve been plugging adult internships as a way to build skills, connections and experience, Jobnob has organized happy hours in San Francisco to bring together jobseekers with cash-strapped startups looking for part-time help. The pitch on Jobnob’s website targets both the jobseekers and startups.

To the jobseeker it asks: “Are you willing to work at least 5 hours a week for free or minimal pay?

To the startup, it asks: “Are you willing to buy a smart, talented, unemployed person a drink.” {Read the rest at Yahoo!}

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