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Landing Your Next Job by Tweeting

I shared some social-media job search tactics in November. This MSNBC News video shows us two specific examples of how people used Twitter to find jobs. Lessons learned from these two examples include:
  • Tweet like an expert --- for job seekers, social media is no longer a tool for personal communications; everything posted on social media is open to the public and should be professional.
  • Use Twitter hashtags (i.e. @LinchiKwok)
  • Connect with recruiters and current employees of the company
  • Build a relevant network
  • Start a “Hire Me” campaign
  • Take it offline --- continue a conversation with potential employers with e-mails or phone, or meet with them in person.
Within this blog, we also discussed the power of Twitter several times. What are your experiences with Twitter? How would you like to try using Twitter in job search?


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  1. My experiences with Twitter are typical of a college student. I "tweet at" friends, upload random pictures, and follow celebrities. Although I don't tweet anything inappropriate, I do realize that Twitter is accessible to virtually anyone, including potential employers, so I make sure I keep my tweets private. A request must be sent to me verifying that I would want you to be able to read my tweets. The two followers that are professional companies that I have taken an interest in following are those that I have been a previous employer or are a current employee of. As an intern over the summer, I jump started a social media campaign for a hotel which ended up being very successful. Once my time was done, I became curious to see how it was maintained, which is why I follow them now. I also follow another brand of hotels because I will be working with them over winter break and it is a company that I could see myself working for upon graduation. This company has lots of news to share since its grand opening which is why I like to see all of their updates about what their future will be like. Although I follow these two professional companies that I would enjoy working for, I don't see myself actually scoring an interview through Twitter.

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  2. It is interesting to hear this story about how this guy started a campaign to find a job. Who would of thought i would be possible to land a job with the help of Twitter?
    I have held a twitter account almost a year and a half and I use it regularly. Its ironic how these men have reached out to companies and were successfully hired. Since I tend to use hashtags and often retweet trending topics it makes sense why I have received requests from similar accounts that promote campaigns and other websites about career advice. Although Twitter can seem intrusive at times, I believe it could be a useful tool to find a job that holds your interest.
    Welcome to the Internet generation. If looking for a job, Tweeting under the 6 rules of how to get hired is a great place to start.

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