Toughest job market for a generation

Last month, Dougald Hine asked how we could use social media to help people cope with the personal consequences of the recession. I met Dougald at our letter writing party and I am really excited about his new intiative: Signpostr.


From today, they are looking for people to start trying out one of those projects – specifically, young people who are leaving education into the toughest job market for a generation.

“Signpostr is a response to the rapid rise in unemployment here in the UK and elsewhere. The site is about helping each other find a way through the recession. It gives people a space in which to:

  • talk honestly about the realities of the current job market
  • find and share information about resources that are useful for finding work and living cheaply
  • create projects, gather people and resources, and get things started

If you’ve just left college or university and are looking for work, try it out – add some Resource listings for things you’ve found that help save money or increase your chances of getting a job; create a Project for that idea you’ve got that you’d like to make happen; tell people what you need and what you can offer.

If that’s not you, can you help us by spreading the word to people you know who are leaving education this summer? Send them a link to:

Finally, you can follow @signpostr on Twitter, where they are talking about the site, sharing ideas about looking for work, living cheaply and helping each other through the recession.”