Twittering Your Job Search

You're not too old.
You're not too young.
You're not too inexperienced.
You're not too busy.

You're not too anything to try something new in your job search. If you always do what you've always done you can't be surprised when nothing new happens.

In this day and age if you are looking for work the old write-a-resume-and-broadcast-it-to-the-world approach just will not cut it. You need to maximize the tools that are available to you. A number of social networking sites are readily available and are fairly easy to use. Let's start with the basics: LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

How to Create an Online Brand in One Week
Pick one site per day for the next three days and fill out a profile. Not sure how to do that? You can always hire me to help, but honestly just Google "How to Fill Out a _____Profile" and you'll find plenty of free advice.

Next, working on one  site per day for the next three days surf around and follow some key people and organizations in your field. This will obviously be different for everyone, but you probably already know the movers and shakers in your industry. And, if they are not online, then they are not really the movers and shakers you thought they were.

Finally, on the last day of the week simply interact on all three sites. Post an update, share a link, say hello to someone. Once you get started it isn't hard to keep it up. Still not sure you should bother? Then here are some statistics from Joshua Waldman that might convince you otherwise:
  • 89% of companies use social media for recruiting.
  • 65% have hired via social media.
  • 55% plan to invest more in recruiting via social media in the coming year.