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Twitter: The Kindness of Strangers Friends

It’s a brave new job-hunting world out there- we’re told this is the worst job market in 35 years. It seems that the population of career experts, resume gurus and networking mavens has exploded overnight. Executive coaches are everywhere. Seeking to gain an edge in the market, the hapless job hunter undergoes personality tests, assessments, and makeovers, or at least anxiously considers them. Suddenly everyone has a LinkedIn profile and a Twitter account. Job-hunters spend their days scouring the Internet, emailing resumes left and right, and suffering health consequences like weight gain. This is not your parents’ job search.

Job-hunting is now – a job. It’s time-consuming. It’s intimidating. And it can take a long, long time, especially if you’re over 40. But the good news is that job-seekers in this Brave New Job Market have access to tools that can help them connect, find support and friendship, and even jobs.

Consider Twitter. Approximately one and a half million people use this tool. The concept is simple: say something to the world in 140 characters or less. For some users, Twitter is a microblog of their day and nothing more. But for many “tweeple”, Twitter is a way to share information, to help others, and to build new personal relationships. It’s a way to interact with thousands of points of view, instantaneously.

My own Twitter experience is just a matter of weeks old, but it began to bear fruit in a matter of days. Through Twitter I became exposed to some new voices in the blogosphere- twitter stars like @chrisbrogan at @Bostonmarketer helped me to meet the head of a job club in my area. From there, I networked in person (thanks @pinkolivefamily), and very quickly scored a part-time gig and a sales lead for my previous employer. The part-time gig came from someone who’s not even on Twitter, but I never would have found him without Twitter. Along the way I’ve gotten great personal LinkedIn and jobhunting advice (thanks @Zaibatsu and @jobhuntorg).

These kinds of connections don’t just happen- you have to put yourself out there, Twitter a lot, and work to inspire trust in your Twitter community. For Twitter to work for you, your twittering should “add value”- by (for example) sharing new information, reposting the tweets of others, and treating all with respect.

Did I mention that I learned about this contest on Twitter? Thanks @jjbuss!

Twitter is still relatively new and like any new frontier it is full of opportunity. It’s hard to tell how many people actually get jobs by using it. There are no guarantees, but it could help you land your next job. And there is no doubt it will help you to make new connections and think of new ways to live your life. See you out there!

Written by @dianaejennings for The Talent Buzz blog post contest.

About Jason Buss

Talent HQ’s creator and editor is Recruiting & Diversity Leader, Jason Buss. Talent HQ is a premier online news and information channel for the Recruiting and Human Resources community.

  • Posted on: Sunday, March 1st, 2009