#Jobseekers are always asking me, "How do I use Twitter for my job search?" Some have a difficult time believing that a staggering number of jobs are posted on Twitter every month. In fact, some career experts claim that Twitter is the fastest-growing opportunity for employment, even ranked as high as #1. TweetMyJobs.com has over a million jobs tweeted each month (enough to make a Monster tremble?).
[Newsflash: 48,099 jobs were tweeted on TweetMyJobs.com just in the last 24 hours.]
OK, so are you a believer yet? I can hear the moans now, "I don't have time to do Twitter." Or maybe you think LinkedIn or Facebook is enough in the way of social media tools for you. But wait! Aren't you still job searching? Maybe one more tool could really help? Consider this: Twitter is the "barrier buster." It's the only social media tool that doesn't require permission to network. There are no gatekeepers! On Twitter, you can as easily read the Twitter stream of a CEO as that of a college student. And connecting with anyone you want to follow is easier, too!
Twitter is really one of the fastest ways to find others who share common interests – to exchange job search practices, professional ideas, and resources for your job search.
With a vision ahead of the curve, career management authors Susan Britton Whitcomb @SusanWhitcomb, Chandlee Bryan @chandlee, and Deb Dib @CEOCoach have collaborated to publish The Twitter Job Search Guide – to be released in March (reserve your copy now!). Their book is a practical tutorial in Twitter tools and best practices including pioneering Twitter-inspired techniques with step-to-step guides to:
>>> Creating your "160me" – your 160-character Twitter bio
>>> Writing cover letters in 10 tweets
>>> Developing your "Brand to Land Plan"
>>> Engaging with networking contacts, recruiters, employers, and more
>>> Tweeting in "Day Tight Compartments" for as little as 15 minutes a day
This book includes more than 100 contributors: 13 successful job seekers, plus an all-star cast of respected authors, recruiters, and career management experts (including me – @KCCareerCoach).
If you're not using Twitter, you're missing out on a cutting-edge job search method. Take a chance – dip your big toe into the pool – you won't drown, I promise. Nothing to fear here!
Wishing you career success in 2010!