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25 Twitter Hashtags That Will Help You Get A Job

August 2, 2012

 

While some lucky college students find work right away, for most others, the idea of hitting the job market after graduation is a little intimidating if not downright scary. With competition tough and opportunities limited, finding a job can be difficult. Yet, students and recent grads shouldn’t lose hope: finding a great job is possible even in this market, especially when you get a little help from those who know what it takes to get hired.

While career counselors at your school can be a great source of information, grads can also seek out guidance on their own through a wide range of career-focused Twitter chats. Here, we’ve listed some of the best get-togethers on Twitter for learning about everything from resume writing to working with recruiters to scoring a killer internship and just about everything in between.

  1. #jobhuntchat

    If you’re looking for help in your job hunt, this chat offers some of the best advice out there on filling out applications, interviewing, and the entire job hunt process. Join in every Monday at 10 p.m. EST.

  2. #HFChat

    Hire Friday Chat, or HFChat, connects HR professionals, employers, recruiters, coaches, and resume writers with job hunters. Use some of these resources to your own advantage by listening in every Friday at noon EST.

  3. #careerchat

    This chat is geared toward college students or recent grads, making it the perfect choice for those who feel they need a little guidance in making the transition between campus and career. The chat is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. EST.

  4. #CareerSavvy

    Join the Vestiigo.com team in this chat, held Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. EST, to learn more about how to find work or advance an existing career.

  5. #CareerSuccess

    Held on Mondays at 8 p.m. EST, this chat draws off of the weekly podcasts of Career Success Radio, touching on everything from social media etiquette to selling yourself in an interview.

  1. #hirefriday

    If graduation is on the horizon, it’s probably not too soon to start looking for work. Get some help in this all-day chat held every Friday.

  2. #LinkedInChat

    Are you making the most of LinkedIn to get career advice and opportunities? Learn more about the service and what it can offer you in this weekly chat held on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.

  3. #InternPro

    Internship resource YouTern hosts this weekly chat (Mondays at 9 p.m. EST) to offer college students a chance to learn more about finding internships, networking, mentoring, and other parts of the career preparation process.

  4. #U30Pro

    Head to this chat to join other young professionals (it’s geared toward those under 30, but all ages are welcome) as they discuss a wide range of career issues. Just log on to Twitter Thursday nights at 7 EST to add your two cents.

  5. #tchat

    Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST you can head online to learn more about HR, recruiting, career coaching, marketing, social media, and more from those who work in the industry. It’s intended for professionals in the field but can be enlightening for job hunters as well.

  1. #speakchat

    Improving your public speaking skills can be useful no matter what field you’re going into, and you can get help and advice on doing just that every Monday at 9 p.m. EST.

  2. #InternChat

    Need a few internships to fill out your resume and get experience? Learn more about what it takes to get hired and make the most of any internship on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EST.

  3. #jobseekersm

    If you’re reading this list you’re obviously interested in learning how to use social media to find work and advance your career, but this chat focuses in very specifically on that topic. Chat it up with experts in the field every Tuesday at 7 p.m. EST.

  4. #CBJobChat

    Held the first Monday of each month at 8 p.m. EST, this chat is managed by Career Builder and focuses on some of the biggest career-related topics important to job hunters and those looking to advance or start a career.

  5. #GenYJobs

    Are you part of Gen Y? Are you interested in finding a job? Then this chat’s for you! Head to Twitter on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST every other week for chats with other Gen Y-ers about finding work, getting ahead, and much more.

  1. #gmuchat

    Held twice a week, this chat covers topics like career, college, and social media. It’s catered toward those with disabilities who might have a harder time finding work, but anyone can benefit from this great George Mason College chat.

  2. #LeadNow

    Develop your leadership skills, get career advice, and find resources for professional development when you join in on this Millennial-focused chat. Pay attention, though: it seems conservative candidate Newt Gingrich might have co-opted this hashtag.

  3. #MPACEChat

    Make time on the first Friday of the month for this chat (held at 1 p.m. EST) geared toward helping college students transition into the working world. You’ll get a chance to talk with recruiters and career center professionals about all of your career concerns.

  4. #GenYchat

    Join others from your generation in discussing a wide range of topics every Wednesday night at 9 EST, including career issues, all with a Gen Y take.

  5. #MillennialChat

    Want some career guidance from others in your age group? Participating in this weekly chat (Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. EST) can be one way to get advice and answers to your career questions.

  1. #leadershipchat

    Striving to be a better leader will serve you well throughout your career, and it’s a great idea to start getting a great foundation now. Get insights into leadership, management, communication, and more from this chat held Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.

  2. #ResuChat

    If your resume isn’t looking as sharp as it could, join in this chat to get tips and tools that can make it much easier to find a job.

  3. #smmanners

    Social media is a fact of life for job hunters and young professionals today, so it’s essential that you know how to use it well and with the appropriate decorum, both of which you’ll learn by joining this chat on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. EST.

  4. #mwchat

    Monster is often a go-to site for those looking for both job listings and career advice, and through this Twitter chat, you’ll be able to connect with experts at the site in real time.

  5. #NextChat

    Direct your Twitter account to this hashtag on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. EST for commentary on HR, recruiting, social media, and more.

Job Seekers: Get Social Now! via Come Recommended by Kate D’Amico on 4/20/12

May 1, 2012

It’s no secret that social media is an important part of your job search (see here, here and here). But how important is it? This infographic from OnlineDegrees.com says that companies are expecting to recruit online for more than 80% of their job openings. That’s a lot of online recruiting!

Some other statistics to note:

What networks are recruiters using?

  • 98% use LinkedIn
  • 42% use Twitter
  • 33% use Facebook
  • 19% use Twitter in conjunction to LinkedIn

What roles are recruiters looking to fill?

  • 39% looking to fill executive or upper management roles
  • 77% looking to fill other management roles
  • 36% looking to fill non-managerial hourly employees
  • 82% looking to fill non-managerial salaried roles

How are recruiters using social media?

  • 58% are sourcing applicants
  • 49% are posting job opportunities

Why do recruiters use social media?

  • 84% to recruit candidates who might not otherwise apply
  • 67% to save money
  • 54% to target a specific job level
  • 60% to increase the company’s brand recognition
  • 52% to target a specific skill set

How can you find a job using social media?

  • Make a good impression — people look at your profile for an average of less than 6 seconds
  • Use keywords in your social media profiles
  • Try other sites like about.me, Prezi.com, and Jobzey.com
  • Follow recruiters on Twitter; @electra, @Fishdogs, and @smheadhunter are good ones (so is @HeatherHuhman, founder of Come Recommended!)

How To Use Google In Your Job Search-via Come Recommended by Kate D’Amico on 10/17/11

November 17, 2011

The Internet has revolutionized the job search in countless ways — recruiters can find you online (see here, here, and here for more info on that), and job searchers can find postings online. The importance of social networking is apparent, but how can plain old Google — a seemingly “age old” technology on the Web — aid you in your job search? Robert Pagliarini writes for CBS Money Watch on how to use Google to get a job. Pagliarini is an expert on maximizing free time, and has authored No. 1 bestseller “Six-Day Financial Makeover” as well as “The Other 8 Hours: Maximize Your Free Time to Create New Wealth & Purpose.” He has also appeared on Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, 20/20, and more. 

Pagliarini cites a trend from Google Search that indicates that more people are searching for jobs online; specifically, the use of search term “job interview” has increased 30% since 2009. Here are some of Pagliarini’s tips for using the number one search engine:

  • Use Google Finance to review a company’s financial status and performance

Enter the company’s name in the search bar and you’ll find its stock price, competitor’s stock prices, recent news, and more.

Some channels (Pagliarini cites DenhamResources and smartsselling) offer resume and career advice for job seekers.

  • Get to know your interviewer

Use Google to search the person who will be interviewing you; see if they’ve been published, spoken recently at an event, or even if they’re on LinkedIn. Use these details to impress at your interview and could distinguish you from other candidates.

For Pagliarini’s other tips on using Google for your job search, see here. It’s always helpful to research the company before applying and interviewing, but there are a million other ways Google can help you besides just research.

How do you use Google to prepare for your job search? What do you think of these ideas? Share with us here!

91% Of Employers Check Social Media [INFOGRAPHIC] via Come Recommended by Katie Lewis on 10/4/11

November 15, 2011

According to a survey of 300 hiring professionals conducted by Reppler, a social media monitoring service for managing online presence, a job candidate’s social network is thoroughly examined during the hiring process by 91 percent of employers and recruiters. Consider the findings from the survey below:

  • The most utilized social network to screen candidates is Facebook
  • The most utilized time to screen a candidate is after receiving an application
  • The top reason a candidate is rejected after screening their social networks is because they lied about their qualifications
  • The top reason a candidate is hired after screening their social networks is because they gave a positive impression of their personality and organizational fit

 So what can job seekers learn from this? First, realize that the importance of a professional online image will help enhance your first impression when applying for a job. It cannot be stressed enough that even one picture, tweet, or exaggeration about your skills can deteriorate your personal brand.

Second, since Facebook is the number one most utilized social network (followed by Twitter), employers may want to inspect that your social skills and personality will match their corporate culture. If that were the case, you should use good behavior and judgment of your words and persona online as if you were working in a professional setting.

Lastly, and most important of all, know your professional value and do not exaggerate your qualifications in order to meet the requirement of a job description. Ideally, you should not apply for the job unless you happen you meet all of the requirements (except for the requested “years of experience” in some cases). It saves everyone’s time and won’t temp you into exaggerating or enhancing your skill-set.

Got An iPhone? Top Apps For Your Job Search

November 1, 2011

I’m a Blackberry enthusiast myself, but I must admit that the range of apps available on Apple products is impressive. Now, you can even conduct your job search from your iPhone, iTouch, or iPad – never be out of touch with your network! In today’s tough job market, having constant access to job search tools can give you the advantage you need.

Career Rocketeer compiled a list of the Top 25 Must-Have iPhone Apps For Your Job Search. Some are free, some are paid, but all are helpful! Here are my top five favorites.

1. Monster.com Jobs (Free)

Apply directly to new Monster.com listings from your device, plus stay up-to-date with the latest job postings.

2. LinkedIn (Free)

You know how important LinkedIn is to your job search – networking is everything! Stay in touch on-the-go and continue to build your network.

3. Business Card Reader (Paid)

This app allows you to take a picture of a business card and adds that contact’s information directly into your address book.

4. Pocket Resume (Paid)

Pocket Resume uses PDF rendering technology to allow users to create, maintain and email your resume – all from your device!

5. 101 Great Answers to the Toughest Interview Questions (Free)

This app is based on a best-selling book by Ron Fry and helps you prepare for interviews with tips and insights. For more advice, see 10 Interview Questions That Are Out Of The Ordinary.

So there you have it – some of the best apps for job search, networking, resumes, and interviewing. For the full list, see here. Check them out and start job-searching on-the-go!

Are Career Fairs Worth The Effort? Vault’s Career Blog

October 10, 2011

Find out more.  Don’t go to a career fair just because it says you might land your next job there.  Find out what companies will be present and then research those companies to find out more about them and the jobs they are looking to fill.  If these companies are not offering the types of jobs you are looking for, and you’re not desperate to take any job at the moment, don’t waste your time. 

Research the career fair.  If a particular company puts on a career fair each year, find out if it is successful.  A lot of people leave comments about whether they found a job or not.  If the success rate seems impressive to you, it might be worth examining further.  If all you read about are complaints, you might be more productive sending resumes and cover letters online. 

What can the fair offer you?  If you are still uncertain, but see that the fair will at least help you sharpen your interviewing skills, it might be worth going.  You can benefit greatly from the practice and any possible feedback you might need. 

How broad is the career fair?  Large career fairs are hard to navigate, not to mention, they can be loud and crowded.  You won’t really get a shot at selling yourself to Verizon when there are 200 people standing in front of you, holding you back from applying elsewhere, only for you to realize that they don’t have enough time to speak with you in-depth due to the volume of job applicants.  That’s why niche career fairs are a better choice. 

Are interviews available? Search for career fairs that offer candidates opportunities to interview with the employers at the fair. Booking an interview ahead of time for a position and employer in which you have interest will make the career fair worthwhile before you even walk through the door.

What are the networking opportunities? Some career fairs offer resume review, cocktail hours, lunch panels and meet-and-greets with professionals in the field. These types of activities may not result in an immediate job offer, but building your network can increase your odds of finding the right opportunity. Look for career fairs that go beyond resume-drops and instead foster relationship-building.

–Jon Minners, Vault.com

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The Ten Worst Things to Put in Your Cover Letter

September 8, 2011

It’s never too early to make a bad impression.

A cover letter or introductory email is often the first thing a potential employer sees when reviewing a job applicant. It’s the first opportunity to impress recruiters and hiring managers and, therefore, the first opportunity to disappoint them. Everything from copy mistakes to inappropriate jokes in a cover letter could derail an application.

Here are the top ten worst things to put on a cover letter.

1. Next to Nothing
2. Criticism of a Prospective Employer
3. Personal Stories
4. Awkward Language
5. Someone Else’s Words
6. Irrelevant Experience
7. Arrogance
8. Wrong Company Name/Wrong Cover Letter
9. Cultural Preferences
10. Jokes

Read the entire article.
The 10 Worst Things to Put in Your Cover Letter


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