We all know that social networking sites can help you lose your job or keep you from getting a job when used wrongly. But can social networking help you land a job? Surprisingly, yes!
With a dragging economy and high unemployment, companies and job searchers are using non-traditional ways to find work or advertise open positions. In fact, Twitter, a social networking site that allows you to type up to 140 characters in your status is becoming an unlikely way to find or advertise a job. While many people see Twitter as a place to post mundane daily activities, job seekers are putting the site to work.
First and most basic of Twitter job searching tips is to consider your post. If you’re going to use Twitter as a job searching outlet, you must realize your tweets must be more professional and less about your personal life. As you start following job recruiters or other professionals in the industry, it would be better to post a job-related or skill-related post, such as “Looking for an opportunity to showcase my strong graphic design skills” rather than “Can’t wait for girls’ night and margaritas. Goin’ to get crazy!”
Searching for companies or job openings on Twitter can truly be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Because posts are limited to only 140 characters it can be hard to include every keyword you may be looking for. So, while it is important to include the exact keywords you want, don’t be too specific, or you may miss something great. Also, become familiar with acronyms such as “NAJ” (need a job) and using abbreviations such as “admin” for administration.
Go straight to the source! Many Twitter websites are specifically designed to help you find a job. @JobAngels , a grassroot movement to help people find work, posts multiple job opportunities each day. Searching the term #jobangels can help you find others looking for work or advertising work. Other sites to follow to find a job are @jobshouts and @TwitHire.
So, if you’re looking for a job, you may not necessarily need to get off Twitter and start looking. Finding work could be right at the tip of your fingertips if you use your social networking site wisely. Stop posting about how bored you are and get to work—literally!
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