Using Twitter/Facebook in Your Job Search Mark Van Baale
New Landing Presents:Twitter/Facebook in Job Search Meet your presenter Mark Van Baale: Kansas City Social Media Group Today’s Agenda Setting up a Twitter Profile Building Your Network of Connections How to Use Twitter Job Searches to follow Conversations Using Hashtags to Boost Your Job Search Participate in Twitter Chats Facebook: Untapped Job Board Facebook Do's and Don'ts in Job Search
What is Twitter? Free microblogging service that allows users to communicate with one another using short text-based messages Maximum of 140 charcters in length for each message (tweet) sent Can be used on mobile devices, laptops, etc. Ability to talk with anyone around the world at anytime.
Setting up Twitter Profile Go to Twitter.com and click on Sign Up. Add a username (@name on Twitter) Add an avatar (professional picture recommended) Add a website link/blog (Many people add a link to their LinkedIn profile) Add a short bio telling about yourself. If you are a job seeker, mention that in your bio. Personalize your background if you wish (info about yourself, links to your websites, etc.)
Beginner Tips Twitter is what you make of it. It revolves around personal relationships. Most successful Twitter users engage in facilitating and building friendships using the tool. Take time to learn about other people via their tweets and “listen” in on conversations. Join in on conversations to share your thoughts. Use Twitter tools to find people with similar interests you share or in occupations/industries you wish to move into.
Twitter Glossary @name means you are sending a response to a specific user. d name means you are sending a direct message (to be read by only that person) #xxxxx is a hashtag that people use often in Twitter chats, at conferences/meetups, or to search on a topic/trend Example: #newlandings, #jobsearch Lists are groups of people/brands that share a common interest, tactic to quickly browse though what people are sharing in a list you create or you join.
1. General Job Search: #jobs, #jobadvice, #jobhunt and #jobsearch 2. Job Postings: #greenjobs, #jobposting,#telecom or #salesjobs 3. Chats: #jobhuntchat, #careerchat, and #hirefriday 4. Career Advice: #career, #careers and #employment
Facebook Do’s and Don’ts Do’s: Interact with people/companies Post relevant and interesting information Don’ts: Don’t use foul language. Don’t share inappropriate photos. Don’t make negative comments about previous employers. Don’t share too much personal information.
Facebook: The Untapped Job Board Many small businesses/companies are on Facebook “Like” companies to get a feel of what they post, interact with the company Often, pictures from events held by a company will be posted so you can get a feel of the company culture Post a link on the Facebook page of a company if you think fans of that company might be interested in info you wish to share. Search Facebook for HireFriday and like their page to interact with recruiters, job seekers, etc. Collective group of individuals who have jobs, who know of jobs, and who are looking for jobs.
Twitter/Facebook for Job Search Summary Takeaways (To Do’s) Set up your Twitter profile if not done yet Find and connect with other people - If you want to connect with me, go to http://twitter.com/markvanbaale - Make sure to follow @NewLandings, @TheJobRadioShow Keep an eye on #newlandings hashtag for jobs, news, links to articles that may be of interest to you in your job search Listen and/or participate in conversations with people Ask questions related to your job search, what other people are doing Participate in Twitter chats (example: #jobhuntchat on Tuesday night at 9 pm CST) Interest in a Twitter chat focused on #newlandings post Wed. night meetings to ask questions, share knowledge?
Mark’s Contact Information Twitter: @markvanbaale or http://twitter.com/markvanbaale LinkedIN: http://www.linkedin.com/in/markvanbaale Job Seekers Blog: http://jobseekersview.wordpress.com Weekly post about networking events, career fairs, job search workshops, etc. in Kansas City area Email: firstname.lastname@example.org