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Social Media for the Job Searcher

images-3The unemployment rate has hit 9.5 percent and this recession has gone on longer than any recession since the 1930s.  Nearly half a million jobs were lost in June alone.  This has made the job search even more challenging.  Successful job searchers will need to use every tool at their disposal to rise above potentially hundreds of others who are vying for the same job.

Episode 13 of Job Search Radio on the Small Plate Radio Network has some great tips about using Search Engine Optimization in your LinkedIn profile and in your resume.  Employers and recruiters are using keyword searches to find the right candidates.

As I’ve blogged before, twitter is the ultimate job search tool.  You can search for jobs on twitter using a twitter interface like TweetDeck.  You can also send out your own tweets about your job search.  

Social media has made great job search tools available to the masses.  Put those tools to good use.

July 7, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tweet Yourself a Job

images-21I was amazed at all of the resources available on facebook, but I’m blown away by what’s available to job searchers on Twitter.

Once again, thanks to the fine folks at AskBINC for chronicling the top 15 Twitter Applications for Your Job Search. Twitter applications are coming online so fast that it’s hard to keep track of all the great uses of this amazing micro-blogging platform.  I don’t have the bandwidth to keep up with many of the latest and greatest Twitter applications, but I’m happy to note the ones that make it onto my radar screen.

The 15 job search applications noted by AskBINC range from web/tech pro recruitment apps like TweetJobSearch, to general search apps like Twellow to really cool apps that take advantage of #tags like ConnectTweet and HashDictionary.

I recently downloaded TweetDeck and it’s been a great dashboard to keep track of all of my Tweeple.  But it’s also a great job search resource as it allows you to search for certain topics and then group those topics into a feed.  If you want to search for “PR jobs” you can do it.  TweetDeck is twitterific.

Now get out there and Tweet your way to a job!

UPDATE:  The awesome folks at ResumeBear have posted 50 People on Twitter that Job Seekers Should Follow.  This is a great list.  Whoever manages social media at ResumeBear is really on the ball.  If that’s you, drop me a line, I’d like to hear from you.

April 22, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment