Tweet Your Way Into A Sweet Job

Jul 13 2012 in Featured, Networking/Social Networking, reCareered Blog by Phil Rosenberg

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I was featured in an article published in the New York Post’s Sunday Business Section.

I was interviewed about successful techniques in using Twitter for today’s job search.

“If you’re looking for a new job, you might want to consider using Twitter along with more traditional search tools to market yourself, find open positions, get career advice and network.

You can begin by highlighting your skills in your Twitter bio, career experts advise. If you’re currently employed and secretly looking for a new job, President Phil Rosenberg notes that you can create an additional Twitter profile for job-seeking purposes.

Use keywords as you detail your credentials in your bio, so that recruiters and hiring managers can find you, and include a link to an online résumé and your e-mail address.

Northwestern University’s Career Services website also suggests you create a ‘Twesumé,’ or a condensed résumé of just 140 characters that you can tweet or use as your Twitter bio.

You can also use the background of your Twitter page to showcase your skills, if you work in a creative industry.

You can search using hashtags to find openings or advice. According to career experts and our own research, the following are among the most effective: #jobs, #hiring, #jobhunt, #jobsearch, #jobtips, #jobopening, #career and #resume, which you can also attach to your own tweets to help recruiters and hiring managers find you.

Searching using a combination of #jobs and a hashtag specifying the industry or location you’d like to work in is also useful, according to Diane Crompton, the co-author of ‘Find a Job Through Social Networking.’ Crompton also advises job seekers to think like a recruiter and search by the hashtags someone would use to tag a job opening.

You can also use Twitter to follow dedicated job-listing accounts and experts in your industry, and begin a dialogue with them by re-tweeting or replying to one of their tweets. These Twitter conversations can lead to real-life networking contacts. But don’t ask for a job right off the bat.

Rosenberg and Crompton advise caution in what you post on Twitter’s public forum. Crompton notes that if you’re job-hunting discreetly, you shouldn’t post anything publicly that would reveal that. Rosenberg offers a broader warning, advising Twitter users not to ‘write anything you wouldn’t want your boss or your mom to see.’

Through your own tweets, though, you can establish yourself as an expert in your field over time, and perhaps recruiters and hiring managers will seek you out.”

You can find the original New York Post article by Hilary Lewis at .


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