Posts Tagged ‘twitter’

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?

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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

Penn-Olson.com discusses what Google offers in their look back.

LinkedIn

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

YouTube

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

Twitter

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

Facebook

Facebook Reveals Top Global Status Trends in 2010 via AllFacebook.com

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?

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5 You May Have Missed – Holiday Job Search

December 8th, 2010

Most folks consider the time between Thanksgiving and New Years a wasteland for job hunting.  Last week, my own sister told me “no one is interviewing, no one is hiring”.  I find this amusing because today she told me that her husband was being flown out to the west coast for a job interview either next week or the following.

Even if you aren’t getting a job offer, that doesn’t mean there isn’t opportunity out there.  Here are a few articles you may have missed on how to use the holidays to your advantage in your job search:

Don’t Ignore the December Recruiter via The Ladders reminds you to be available when the phone rings.

Great Resumes Fast gives advice on Keeping Your Job Search on Track During the Holidays

AvidCareerist gives insight into what my possibly be The 38 Best Holiday Gifts for Job Seekers as gleaned from the November 26th #HireFriday #HFchat on Twitter.  So just in case you haven’t mailed your letter to the north pole, you can always email the link or bookmark it on the computer of someone you love.

Keppies Careers offers you not only some Holiday Networking advice, but there’s a present as well – a free e-book download.

And good news from the Huffington Post it seems that there is An Early Gift: More Companies Beginning to Hire.


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5 You May Have Missed – I’ll Take Potpourri for $300, Alex

November 24th, 2010

Jeopardy calls it Potpourri, a mixed assortment of items that don’t easily fall into one category or another.  This week I found a few articles of interest, that don’t really have much to do with one another, but provided some grist for the thought mill, or at the very least some amusement for the short work week.

The first two articles come from a place I normally am not too enthused about – CareerBuilder.  I am usually put off by the amount of roadblocks that CareerBuilder puts up between you and the job listing or application.  But I was pleasantly surprised at the lack of hurdles to pass to get to their blog.

‘Overqualified’ Workers Struggle to Find Work, Employers Fear They’ll Flee via CareerBuilder‘s The Work Buzz

Normally, I’d run screaming in the opposite direction when faced with an article such as What Your Pet Says About Your Career.  I generally would categorize such writing in the same bucket at your astrology forecast.  But there’s something about a basket full of cute kittens that will draw you in every time.  And really, who wouldn’t want to know what snakes say about their owners potential earnings?

What Your Pet Says About Your Career via CareerBuilder‘s The Work Buzz

In August of this year, Wired magazine announced the Web is Dead, this next blog entry offers a similar thought on IT careers – is it time to start thinking about a new career path?:

Big IT is Broken via Baselinemag.com

If you’ve started to use Twitter as a job search tool, you may want to brush up on your Twitter etiquette.  Here’s some insight into why folks may choose to unfollow you, as well as some general hints on how to behave:

Five Reasons We’re Going to Unfollow You on Twitter via Social Meteor

And finally, if you are using your iPhone, Android, Blackberry, whatever to send and receive email, text messages and tweets, beware the auto correct:

Damn You, Autocorrect – this website actually underscores the need to review before hitting send.  Many of the auto-corrections turn simple text into messages not appropriate for an office environment.

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Shameless Plug – Find a Job in 140 Characters or Less

October 10th, 2010

After more than a year out of work Amy M. of St. Louis, MO is back 2 work thanks 2 #Twitter.  Alison S. of Green Bay, WI is back 2 work 2. (138 characters)

Find out their stories & how #Twitter can help #jobseekers thru #jobhuntchat & #hirefriday, as well as other #Twitter job search tools. (135 characters)

Join @joannawolfe @ ProNet Raleigh’s monthly meeting @UOPX in #Raleigh 10/12 9-11am to learn more about #Twitter RSVP http://bit.ly/9KaUbq (138 characters)

Find out how 2 set up a #Twitter account, get 2 know useful #Twitter Tools, & ways #jobseekers are using Twitter 2 find their next job. (135 characters)

If U can decipher the sentences above, U may B able 2 land UR next job in 140 characters or less! (if not, we’ll help you figure it out) (136 characters)

And for those of you who don’t tweet…

I’ll be talking about the how Twitter can be a powerful tool for your job search at the next ProNet Raleigh.  You don’t have to have a smart phone to use Twitter.  All you need is a computer and a few minutes a day.

What: ProNet Raleigh

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Where: University of Phoenix offices

5511 Capital Center Drive
Raleigh, NC, 27606-3380
Phone: 919.854.2121

Take Jones Franklin Road exit from the Beltline (440), just north/west of 1-40 interchange.

Who: ProNet Raleigh is sponsored by EDSI (www.edsitriangle.com) who helps mid-level professionals attain jobs, training, and more.

RSVP: http://events.linkedin.com/ProNet-Raleigh-Free-Professional/pub/440211

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