How to Job Hunt Using Social Media

In Forbes’ latest article, Job-hunting? Facebook, LinkedIn and You –Six Social Media Tips, tips #3 and #4 especially ring true: Sign up for a Twitter account, and participate in online job real time chats.

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Why? Because Twitter–and Twitter chats–really do help.

A successful Twitter chat not only gives you the information you’re seeking, but a lot more insight you may not have known you needed. A Twitter chat can challenge you to think of things in a different way or try something new for greater success.

Stuck on how to get the salary you want? You’ll get not one tip but twenty. Have no clue about networking? You’ll leave armed with a laundry list of icebreakers.

It may seem a bit overwhelming when you first join a chat, but just watch the way the online conversation spirals out and builds and gets infused with enthusiasm and information and camaraderie. All of this adds up to a successful chat–and more people for you to connect with.

So that’s why this tip just made me proud: “Check out Twitter chats like #jobhuntchat, one of the largest regular chat groups on Twitter dedicated to job search, and #careerchat.”

I am so glad to have been part of #careerchat from its inception back in the MyPath.com days. Even as a co-moderator, I never came away from a chat without learning something new from the participants.

Tune in to #careerchat every Tuesday at 12 PM Central Time. The chat runs for an hour and the topic changes weekly. Use tweetchat.com for an easy way to keep track of the conversation and tune out all the other Twitter noise.

Want to find a Twitter chat that suits you? Check out the Twitter Chat Schedule on Google Docs.

You can find past #careerchat topics, recaps & transcripts here.

I just graduated with no job. Now what?

When you’re a freshly-minted grad with your degree or diploma in hand, what do you do when the crickets are chirping and the job prospects seem BLEAK?

Our Twitter #careerchat took up the challenge and came up with great solutions. Find one (or more) that works for you!

Key takeaways:

  • DaveYouTern: If you haven’t already… start networking. Note I said networking – building relationships. Networking isn’t “gimme a job!”
  • ComeRecommended: Don’t be afraid to take time off to figure out your goals, but make sure to actually DO something like travel, volunteer, intern.
  • ALKUJess: Staying busy and proving that you have a good work ethic in any field will be beneficial when you try to find a career.
  • myFootpath: Maximize your face-to-face networking by meeting contacts on FB/Twitter/LinkedIn BEFOREHAND. Know who you want to talk to.
  • WomensAlly: Tell FRANK: F=friends R=relatives, A=acquaintances N=neighbors K=kids.

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Job seeker? Just want to get ahead in your career?

Join our Twitter #careerchat Tuesdays @ 12 PM CT to talk about everything from friending your boss on Facebook to personal branding to how to get a call back from recruiter.

How to join: Go to Tweetchat.com and follow the hashtag “careerchat” at noon CT every Tuesday!

This way to the full chat recap

What’s Your 2011 Career Search Action Plan?

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Have you started off 2011 with a solid career plan or are you stuck in the slow lane without a clue? If you could use a few pointers for keeping you and your career on track, 0ur Twitter #careerchat has you covered with great tips from our fabulous tweeters.

Take it from @Careerbright: “Career action plans must be PROACTIVE, not REACTIVE.”
Be proactive and click for the chat recap!