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?