Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Are You Tweeting for a New Career?

Tough economic times call for innovative approaches. With the unemployment rate holding steady at the highest percentages seen in many, many years, how does one find career opportunities fast? One great option is Twitter. Twitter is evolving as another resource, in addition to traditional methods, for both job searching and recruiting.


Twitter Overview:

Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service utilizing instant messaging, SMS or a web interface. Twitter is open ended and people and companies use it in a variety of ways, including to job search.

Users post updates on Twitter that are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them.


How Employers Use Twitter:

Employers are using Twitter, too. Zappos, for example, has a link to Twitter on their home page, so you can see what Zappo employers are doing now and the company is using Twitter to recruit. Rainier PR has recruited and hired using Twitter. ATT posts open positions on Twitter. Many other companies have a corporate presence on Twitter. Search by the company name to find them.
Twitter Name Search
Twellow Twitter Search


How You Can Use Twitter to Job Search:

Companies and job boards post job openings on Twitter, and job seekers network through Twitter to help facilitate their job search.


JobShouts
JobShouts.com is a free resource for both employers and job seekers. Employers can post their jobs for free; those jobs are then automatically “tweeted” to users on Twitter.


JobAngels
JobAngels started with the objective of asking those who could to help one person find a job.


Other Job Search and Career Sites on Twitter:

About.com Job Search

Bullseye Resumes

Career Diva

CollegeRecruiter.com

CoolWorks.com

Impact Hiring

Indeed.com

Jason Alba

JibberJobber.com

Jobs Boston

JobDig.com

Job-Hunt.org

Keppie Careers

LinkedIn

LinkUp

Louise Fletcher

Myfirstpaycheck.com

OneDayOneJob.com

Risemart.com

SimplyHired.com

Susan Ireland

VisualCV.com


You can also search for jobs by field:

@alldevjobs – Developer jobs
@ArtDirectorJobs – Art director jobs
@cwjobs – Copywriter jobs
@jobsinhiphop – Jobs in Hip-Hop
@journalism_jobs – Jobs in journalism
@juicyjobs – Green jobs
@libgig_jobs – Library Jobs
@mediabistrojobs – Media job listings from mediabistro.com
@medical_jobs – Medical jobs
@media_pros – Jobs for media professionals
@narmsjobs – Retail marketing jobs
@PRSAjobcenter – Jobs in public relations, communications and marketing
@reflectx – Physical Therapy jobs
@seojobs – SEO job listings
@socialmediajob – Jobs in social media
@travelmaxallied – Healthcare jobs
@travelnursejob – Jobs for traveling nurses
@usmusicjobs – US Music Jobs
@web_design_jobs – Web design and other graphics jobs


Or, search for jobs by job type:

@findinternships – Internships and entry level jobs for college students
@freelance_jobs – Freelance jobs
@heatherhuhman – Entry level jobs and internships
@Project4Hire – Freelance and temporary jobs
@jewish_jobs – Jewish job listings


You can even search for jobs by region:

@MyBristolJobs – Job listings from mybristoljobs.co.uk
@chicagowebjobs – Web-related jobs in Chicago
@ChicagoTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater Chicago area
@ITJobsLondon – IT jobs in London
@ITJobsSydney – IT jobs in Sydney, Australia
@JobsBoston – Jobs in the greater Boston area
@jobshawaii – Jobs in Hawaii
@NewYorkTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater New York area
@PDXJobs – Jobs in Portland, Oregon
@sdjobs – San Diego technology jobs
@sfmobilejobs – Mobile Web and Digital Media jobs in Silicon Valley
@mtltweetjobs – PR/marketing/social media/tech jobs in Montreal
@TopJobsInLondon – Top jobs in London, UK
@web20jobs – UK-based web 2.0 jobs


Here are some general search and reference sites:

@JobAngels – Helping the unemployed find jobs
@indeed – Search all jobs from one site
@jobshouts – General job postings
@simplyhired – Job search site
@StartUpHire – Jobs at VC backed companies
@twithire – Job board service


To find additional Twitter job resources, use the Twitter search function and type in keywords important in your job search. For example, “job openings,” “looking for a job,” or “healthcare career.”


Users also can search all of Twitter:

Twitter Search


Your next job could be just a tweet away.

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About Maureen McHale:
Maureen McHale is a Central Florida resident seeking a marketing management career. Ms. McHale has over 13 years of traditional and internet marketing experience. Her career has spanned over numerous industries from travel to high tech to solar energy. She has been able to successfully adapt her knowledge and skills in almost any environment. Maureen has a passion for the internet, new technology, marketing, business development and writing. She authors several blogs with topics ranging from Solar Knowledge to Kidnapped Children to Dying Rich. For more information regarding Maureen McHale's qualifications and to see her full resume, please visit http://www.linkedin.com/in/MaureenMcHale.

3 comments:

Ping said...

Hi,
It's a really interesting article. Good luck on your job search.

- Ping

David said...

Maureen,

This is a very useful post - I linked to and referenced it in The Job Search Strategist blog. Thank you for sharing and good luck in your job search!

All the best,

David B. Wright
Author, Get A Job! Your Guide to Making Successful Career Moves
www.thegetajobbook.com
Follow me on Twitter! http://twitter.com/getajob

Tony G. said...

Maureen,

Thank you very much for posting this very useful blog.

Good Luck,
Tony Green