Finding a job by typing 140 characters or less sounds too good to be true. That is the number of characters (including spaces) that the social media site Twitter allows per tweet. And you’re right. It’s a little more involved than one tweet. Social media is about building a user’s reputation over time.
There is a useful article by Elisha Hartwig from Mashable summarizing a live Tweet chat that took place last Thursday between the human resources people at Twitter and NPR. The topic was finding efficient ways to use Twitter to find a job. You can find the article below with all it’s useful tips and suggestions. It’s tips can be quickly applied by people who already know how to use Twitter. The problem is that since it is short on specific how tos, beginners can absorb the ideas, but not have a clue how to implement them.
There are different ways to learn how to use various social media sites. Did you think of books? For computers! Absolutely. They flow sequentially which helps the beginner build a solid base of knowledge going from point A to B to C before branching out in various directions. A book helps you learn the basics. Below I have included several that might help.
Sometimes you just need someone to teach you. It’s a great opportunity to get your questions answered on the spot. (No fishing around for just the right keyword.) Although the library does not have a class exclusively on Twitter, we do have one that is an introduction to social media. It does cover Twitter, but also Facebook, LinkedIn, Goggle+, Yelp and Foursquare — all in two hours. If you are interested, the class is being held on Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Newton Free Library. There are only twelve computers (PCs) in the training room on the second floor, so you need to call and reserve a place. The number is (617) 796-1380.
How to Effectively Use Twitter as a Job Search Resource
by Elisha Hartwig from Mashable 10 February 2013
Tweet Deals: Using Twitter to Find a Job
New York Post 18 May 2009
Although a much older article, Tweet Deals (above) approaches a job hunt on Twitter from a different perspective. It describes the response of a network of online acquaintances to one of their number who is unexpectedly laid off. It demonstrates the power of social networking on a personal scale. It also gives suggestions for using Twitter.
The Rough Guide to Social Media for Beginners: Getting Started with Facebook, Twitter and Google+ by Sean Mahoney. London: Rough Guides, 2012. 006.754 M27R.
How to Find a Job on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ by Brad Schepp. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2012. 331.7 S32H
27 February 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 at the Newton Free Library there will be a class on Introduction to Social Media Online. Call (617) 796-1380 to reserve a place.
Not Near Newton, MA?
If you do not live near Newton, check with your local public library and your neighboring libraries. They often develop their own classes for their patrons. You can also get the above books or books like them from your local public library or through its interlibrary loan services.