Posts Tagged ‘facebook’

Why #hirefriday?

January 4th, 2011

If you were on Twitter last Friday you probably noticed the mad amount of retweeting going on thanks to Chris Brogan.

A simple tweet by Chris on behalf of #hirefriday resounded in over 1,500 retweets. While those retweets were well intended, I’m not sure everyone who retweeted Chris understands what #hirefriday is all about.

The #hirefriday tag is intended to promote the talents of people who are out of work and looking for their next career opportunity.  Instead of suggesting people with the #ff or #followfriday tag, the #hirefriday tag is used to suggest folks to be hired.

#hirefriday is movement on Twitter that began to gain strength in early 2010. In answer to people being out of work Margo Rose, (a.k.a. @HRMargo) conceived of an idea where job seekers could be found by recruiters and employers by tweeting out information about themselves. If you are unfamiliar with #hirefriday you may want to read the guidelines.

The great thing about #hirefriday that everyone can help here. It doesn’t matter if you have a job to offer or are out of work. People watch the #hirefriday stream and help by retweeting the tweets of job seekers to their network of followers.   Or to borrow from the old Faberge Shampoo ad‘and they told two friends and so on, and so on’.

Using the power of retweeting, a single job seeker’s tweet can be amplified out to a network of infinite proportions. Far beyond what the job seeker would be able to reach on their own.

That isn’t to say there haven’t been some bumps along the way. Well-meaning folks looking to offer actual jobs have posted them in the stream. Unfortunately, once the stream started getting filled with job offers, it was easy to lose sight of the people #hirefriday was intended to promote.  As a result #jobfriday and #workwednesday were quickly put into play providing an easy to find location where jobs may be posted.

There’s even a Hire Friday Chat – #HFChat – on Fridays (Noon – 1pm EST) where Recruiters offer career advice on topics ranging from how to get beyond the gatekeepers to what not to do in an interview.

And because not everything is best said in 140 characters, there are other media streams to help support people in their job search.

Margo Rose has a blog where she regularly imparts advice, tells the success stories of #hirefriday and fans the flames to keep the #hirefriday fires burning.

There’s also a #hirefriday LinkedIn group where displaced workers can have their tweets critiqued — because really, it’s just not that easy trying to explain who you are in such a small amount of space.  The LinkedIn group provides great resources like articles, tips and advice on job hunting, as well as a general forum for discussion.  In addition, employers are encouraged to post open positions jobs section of the group.

And what would this world be without a Facebook page to like?  The #hirefriday FaceBook page is chock full of daily job search ideas and suggestions features like ResuMonday, Tuesday’s Trending Tool and Work It Wednesday.

So as you can see, #hirefriday is more than an inspired tweet by Chris Brogan.  However, surely all job seekers can thank him for raising the visibility of this great and free job search tool.

You have a few more days to get your tweet critiqued.  Who knows, this may be the Friday you get hired.  Are you ready for #hirefriday?


5 You May Have Missed – 2010 Year in Review – Web & Social Media

December 15th, 2010

Wrapping up 2010 everyone is putting out their lists of top 10 this and that.  This past week has revealed what the dominating forces in the Web and Social Media offer regarding the past year.  What does all this have to do with your Job Search?  Well, the Web and Social Media reflect what is going on in our world and we have to pay attention to it.  You don’t have to be an expert, but you need to be conversant in these technologies so you are able to speak intelligently where these technology intersect with the company or organization you have targeted in your search.

Google – What We Searched discusses what Google offers in their look back.


LinkedIn offers what are the Top 10 (and Overused) Buzzwords on LinkedIn Profiles.


YouTube dedicated a channel to look back on the past year in video – Rewind.


Mashable offered up what they saw as the Most Powerful Tweets of 2010.


Facebook Reveals Top Global Status Trends in 2010 via

When these types of lists come out, I’m always curious as to where happenings of the month of December end up.  They can’t put December 2010 in 2011, so officially, I guess nothing happens in December.  And while we’re on this topic, since there are 12 months in a year, why don’t we look back at the top 12 for the year?

Regardless, what are some of your top 10 or 12 for the past year?


Go Hear Arik Abel Speak At CJS

September 19th, 2010

I have been trying to find the time to devote to writing a thorough post about the benefits of using Twitter as a job search tool.  But the best laid plans… My schedule really hasn’t allowed me to write everything that is buzzing around in my head — so I’m still trying to wordsmith for that blog entry.

However, Arik Abel will be at the Colonial Baptist JobSeekers group in Cary, on Monday, September 20, 2010 — sorry for the short notice, I just found out about this myself — speaking on topic of using Facebook and Twitter in your Job Search.

In the Chapel from 9:45-11:00 a.m., guest speaker, Arik Abel, will share how two popular social networks – Twitter and Facebook – can enhance your search.

Twitter, Facebook and the Job Search?

While most professionals in transition see the value and return of maintaining a LinkedIn presence for networking, many don’t realize that there are benefits and practical applications for using Twitter and Facebook for the job search. Arik Abel, a fellow jobseeker, marketing professional and emerging media enthusiast, will present an introductory look at how you can leverage these social networks to build relationships and open doors that will enhance your job search. Professionals from any industry should join this presentation to enjoy a high-level overview, best practices, and examples of successful tactics that you can act on today.

Arik Abel

I want to encourage folks to come out and hear Arik speak.  I’m sure he’s going to have a lot of good information.


Brave New [job search] World – 3 ways to make sense of buzzwords, abbreviations and just plain weird stuff

June 8th, 2010

I have embraced Job Search technology – one hurdle that many seem to abhor.

I adore the instant gratification of filling out the online job forms and uploading my resume without having to move from the kitchen table.

I find Linked In to be a technological godsend. I love to find a reason to log into my Facebook account and Tweet like a twit(terer), in the name of the great Job Search.

Granted, I’ve been involved with technology most of my career, so it isn’t a stretch for me. But if new words and terms like social media, blogging, and tweeting make you break out in a cold sweat, well, fear not. You may feel like you are on information overload with all the ways to use technology in your Job Search, but just remember we can use these forces for good as well as evil.

Despite the fact that the Internet offers nearly unlimited space for information pertaining to a job, you will still find a myriad of buzzwords, abbreviations, acronyms, and previously unheard of job titles in postings today. It’s not as if buzzwords haven’t been around for as long as you have been alive; they predate the Internet, so when you hear the latest ones take a chill pill and relax.

If you are trying to make sense of it all, there are some great resources to help you unravel the mystery of acronyms, slang, buzzwords and new age job titles. As long as you know how to get on line, you can use a few tricks to dig a bit deeper and gain the wisdom of a 19 year old.

First, the 800 pound gorilla, Google . It seems today that Google has their hands in everything, but let us not forget their humble beginnings. Google made its name as a search engine (and remember who they toppled to get there? Alta Vista – oh, where are they now?).

You no longer search for something, you “Google it”.

Plug any phrase into Google and you will be provided to 17,231,859 matches. Btw, you get extra credit if you flip past the first page when viewing results in pursuit of your answer.

So Google has given you 2317,231,859 matches; wasn’t that nice of them? Thanks for nothing. How about we try something a bit more focused?

When constructing a search on Google, it is helpful to give Google hints as to what phrases you want to see. So instead of searching on: Industry Evangelist Raleigh – which yields about 451,000 results. Try this: “Industry Evangelist” “Raleigh” – which yields about 619 results. By using quotation marks to group words together your search yields results that are a bit more manageable to sort through.

Trying to decipher what Java is? Oh, woe is you if you still think it refers to coffee. Browse through Wikipedia . Wikipedia is a project providing information like an encyclopedia might in the “old days”. The downside here is that it allows contributions from anyone. While Wikipedia may have good information, erroneous information has been known to appear in its pages, so you may need to take details found there with a grain of salt.

Don’t know what SEO, CRO, DMA, PSP, PHP or DBHT stand for? Look it up in the dictionary – the Urban Dictionary. Like Wikipedia , Urban Dictionary also allows contributions from the public for entries. But overall, it is probably one of the better places to unveil the mystery behind acronyms and abbreviations.

Even with these tools, you will have to use some of your gray matter. AMA is not only the American Medical Association, it can be American Marketer’s Association, American Motorcyclist Association, American Management Association, Academy of Model Aeronautics and several other groups.

Today’s assignment? Share with us some of those weird job titles and alphabet soup you’ve found in job postings, and let us know what it stands for. Or share with us some of the letters that have you befuddled.