I am learning first hand a point that is made in this Minneapolis StarTribune career article, you never know who is watching your online activity and in this case my Twitter stream.
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Twitter is a 140-character blogging tool that serves as a firehose of information to your desktop or smartphone. Among the valuable information you can get: job postings and tools to keep you up to date and in the know.
By Laura French, Star Tribune Sales and Marketing
November 30, 2009
Twitter allows users to create a free account, then send and receive 140 word "tweets" on almost any topic - including job-hunting.
The Human Resource Professionals of Minnesota devoted their 2009 conference in October to "Social Media and HR."
Paul DeBettignies, a Twin Cities social media expert and IT recruiter, was a presenter at the conference. He sent these "tweets" from his @MNHeadHunter Twitter account:
- 72 percent of companies plan to invest more in recruiting through social networks.
- Ameriprise has created an Interactive Recruiting position.
- The "main takeaway" is "get involved now or get left behind."
Jobs On Twitter
You can get announcements sent directly to your computer or smartphone by following these Twitter users:
- @stpaultechjobs ("Find All the Tech Jobs in St. Paul from One Source")
- @minneapolisIT (Minneapolis IT job posts)
- @Jobs_Bar ("A firehose of nightlife, bar, club and promoting jobs)
- @CSM_Jobs (HR coordinator for the hotel, office and retail property management company)
- @jjbuss (Twin Cities HR recruiter)
- @jtgarrig (Twin Cities corporate recruiter)
- @govjobmn (listing of Minnesota government and policy jobs)
When Twitter Is The Job
Some companies are creating new "social media communication" positions. Anyone who plans a career in public relations, communications or HR needs to get savvy about Twitter. In addition to @MNHeadhunter, great tweeters to follow include:
- @Mashable ("the hottest Twitter news and tips")
- @MrChristopherL (social media guru for Twin Cities agency Sterling Cross)
- @TechCrunch (breaking technology news from Silicon Valley)
- @i612 (Minneapolis organization dedicated to interactive advertising)
Not all the jobs posted on Twitter are specifically social-media related.
De-stress, Get Started
Twitter can also provide respite and recreation for those involved in the job search. @GretchenRubin tweets about her personal "Happiness Project" and provides practical advice on how to de-stress. @Zen_Habits provides similar advice. On the other end of the spectrum, @MrsStephenFry is just plain funny (although not for those who are easily shocked).
Twitter can be a valuable tool even if you never post anything yourself. If you do tweet, keep your messages upbeat, optimistic and G-rated. Remember-the same HR people whose tweets you're reading may be reading yours, as well!