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Job Hunter Podcasts?
While I'm totally grooving with finding new uses for podcasting, every now and again I find something that I just don't get. This is one of those times.

AUSTIN, Texas — The Engineering Assistance Center and the Faculty Innovation Center have created a way for the iPod generation to receive tips on job hunting through their headphones.

Oook. So, what do these podcasts offer?

The podcasts include counselors giving students information and tips about job opportunities, interviews and career fairs

Hmmm. Nope, don't get it. I think that one of the areas where text trumps audio or video is where tables of data is present. The best way to provide dates of career fairs, job opportunities, or interviewing techniques is via text. Sitting on the bus trying to scribble down interview dates doesn't seem like all that fun to me.

I will say that it sounds like there might be a little more to it than I'm making out, though:

The assistance center podcasts are different from audio podcasts because they offer other features, such as a slideshow presentation with graphics and hyperlinks,

I'm just not convinced that this is a good candidate for a podcast.

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While I agree that career fair dates and times are not good candidates, but I disagree on your position. Podcasts make a great media for distributing job seeking, interview and etiquette tips. The timeshifting nature of a podcast allows the job seeker to gain access to the content when they need it, not at a prescribed time when the presenter wants to distribute it.

Just my 2 cents.

Eerps. I was going to point out that while I agree that tips would be nice, they don't specifically say that tips are part of a podcast. And then I see that in the very sentence I quoted, it does indeed say "tips".

Yes, I agree that tips are a good candidate for podcasts. My mistake!

I have not heard the podcast in question so I could just be talking out my a**. But, it seems like a great use of podcasting. I am always mobile, I can't read while driving, and I imagine the target market of this podcast is also mobile.

That being said, the podcast needs to be designed in such a way that it engages the listener. You don't want it just to be background listening, you want the listener to hear what you have to say.

Yeah, I missed the "tips" part. I agree that a podcast is good for tips and such. I was just taking issue with spewing dates at people via audio.

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