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How Rachel Levy Found a Job

imagesA recent article in the Wall Street Journal tells the story of Rachel Levy and her job search. Rachel was laid off from a Boston non-profit and thought she should have a fairly easy time finding a new marketing job. Her job search took a year, longer than anticipated. She found her new job by a rather circuitous route. One of her followers on twitter located her resume on-line and forwarded it to her brother-in-law, who was an investor in a company that needed someone with her skills and experience.

 From the WSJ:

In addition to networking, she used her free time to learn about social media including Twitter, where she currently has more than 5,000 followers. She also worked did social-media consulting work.

 Ms. Levy says that potential employers were impressed by the blog; at times, she listed her latest blog posts in her email signature and linked to them on her own Web site.

Mastering social media while writing an engaging blog is a great use of time while on the job hunt. Good job Rachel.

To learn more about what Rachel did during her job search, check out her guest blog on the WSJ.

July 28, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

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

Put on Your Job Face

images-12When it comes to the job search, social media is a great way to locate resources, make contacts and even find job listings.  While there are a number of social media websites all a-twitter (sorry!) with job search help, I had thought until now, that LinkedIn was the undisputed king of the job search.  After all, LinkedIn provides every conceivable industry networking opportunity, has great search capabilities and can show you how to connect to just the right person.

But a recent post on facebook caught my eye about the value of that website for the job search.  I am a facebook fan and am in awe of the site’s reach and the viral potential of its groups and fan pages.  But what I didn’t know was how many applications are available on facebook to help the job seeker.

AskBINC has identified 20 useful job search applications on facebook.  The apps range from simple but helpful, like posting a LinkedIn badge on your facebook page, to the really handy Indeed Job Search app that helps you find jobs where your friends work.  Many of the other 18 apps help you grow your social network which enhances the job search process.

facebook:  it’s not just for dumb quizzes anymore!

April 15, 2009 Posted by | Job Search | , , , , , | 1 Comment