Favorite Social-Media Resources for Job-seekers


The community of resume writers, career coaches, and other career experts called the Career Collective, of which I am a member, was asked to share our favorite resources this month. I am posting this entry spotlighting some favorite tools and articles on social media for job-seekers, along with links to other members’ responses at the end of this entry. Please follow our hashtag on Twitter: #careercollective.
Twitter The Twitter Job Search Guide (book): A ground-breaking and comprehensive guide by Susan Britton Whitcomb, Deb Dib, and Chandlee Bryan. Top Job Sites and Career Experts on Twitter: Career columnist Alison Doyle offers a list of career gurus to consider following on Twitter. 50 Twitter Users to Follow for Your Job Search: Willy Franzen’s (OneDayOneJob) take on career gurus to follow. How to Twitter to Find Your Next Job. What is YOUR Story? Michael Litman describes how he was hired through Twitter. Using Twitter to Network and Find a Job: Jason Buss offers seven tips for using Twitter in the job search. How I Used Twitter to Get Meetings with 3 CEOs and a VP of Recruiting in 2 Weeks: Willy Franzen tells how Twitter boosted his networking efforts. The Quest for 5000 – How many Followers are Enough: Mark Hayward speculates on the optimal number of Twitter followers. Leverage Twitter for your Job Search: Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers shares tips on using Twitter to help you search for a Job. Think Before You Tweet: Why Job Seekers Now Need a Twitter Pitch: Steve Van Vreede’s take on the Twitter version of the elevator speech. 50 Ways to Use Twitter as a Job Search Tool: Applicant.com offers quick, tweet-like tips for Twitter job-search use. TweetDeck’s JobDeck: TweetDeck and TwitterJobSearch have teamed up to provide a dedicated JobDeck, a downloadable desktop application. TwitterJobSearch scours Twitter, indexing tweets that are jobs and filtering out the rest, thus providing job-seekers with the tools to find job opportunities.
Facebook Facebook Job Hunting in 3 Steps: Kevin Cormac gives the lowdown on using Facebook for job search. Use Facebook Ads to Make Employers Hunt You Down: Willy Franzen describes mixed results with an experiment with Facebook ads placed by job-seekers.
LinkedIn Using Linked In Company Profiles For Job Hunts, Networking: C. G. Lynch tells how LinkedIn Company Profiles can assist in a job search. Reverse Headhunting with LinkedIn: Rob Pitingolo applies his knowledge of how recruiters source candidates through LinkedIn to job-seekers. Do Me a Favor and Spruce Up Your LinkedIn Summary and Specialities: Jorgen Sundberg advises on how job-seekers can optimize two sections of their LinkedIn profile.
Multiple Social-Media Venues, Blogs, and Other Online Content How I Used Inbound Marketing to Find a Job in a Recession: The author describes finding a job by creating online content that attracts attention. Brazen Careerist Fan Pages: The site has created fan pages for its selection of Top 50 Gen Y Companies. Fan page users can follow each employer’s Twitter stream and discover information on job leads and other company news, as well as interact with organization insiders. Brand-Yourself: Helps users establish a noteworthy Web presence and offers tools to establish, track, manage, and improve one’s Web identity. 100 Great Social Sites to Boost Your Career and Brand: A list of social, professional, cultural social-media venues; reputation-management sites, blogs by career experts, contact and communication-management sites; and miscellaneous networks and tools. PlaceYourName.com is a fee-based service that enables users to be seen on all the major search engines through a combination of social-media marketing, biographical profiles, online public relations, and Web-site development. Job Search in the Cloud: Tips on managing the social-media contacts that can boost your job search. How to Leverage Social Media for Career Success: Personal-branding Dan Schawbel offers steps for using social media to boost your career. Niche Social Networking Sites: Huge list of social sites that focus on interests and commonalities. Most are accompanied by reviews. It’s a New Me (As Seen on Google): Julia Angwin tells how to manipulate your Web presence so that undesirable content about you isn’t on top of a Google search of your name, while positive material is high up in search results. 10 Great Social Sites for Resume Building: The lines between resumes and social-media profiles are blurred at these sites where you can create what article author Dan Schawbel calls a resume-like profile. Social Media: The New Cover Letter?: David Manaster looks at pros and cons of social media as a substitute for the cover letter. You need both, he concludes. The Counter Argument About TwitterShouldHireMe.com: Some job-seekers have created blogs for the sole purpose of trying to cajole a given employer into hiring them. Steve Rothberg summarizes arguments for and against this practice. The Five Best People-Search Engines: It’s useful for job-seekers to know about these search engines for finding people because recruiters may be using them. Jason Fitzpatrick describes the five he says are the best. Do You Pass the Social Media Recruitment Test?: Terrific checklist in which Boris Epstein details his criteria for a candidate with a healthy “social media footprint.” 20 Tips for More Efficient Google Searches: This article on the Dumb Little Man site is not specifically about job search, but given that the Internet can be thought of as one giant job board, this guide by Leo Babuta can make searching more efficient. Recruiters are also using these techniques, so it’s helpful to gain insight into them. How Much Time Should I Spend on Social Media?: Well-known social-media guru Chris Brogan offers his recommended formula for time spent on social media. While not specifically about job search, the guidelines are enlightening for job-seekers making significant use of social media. 10 Ning Networks to Help You Land Your Next Job: These sites, run by career experts, offer advice, but since they are Ning networks, they offer a social aspect that enables job-seekers to network with others. Compilation by personal-branding expert Dan Schawbel. Using Social Networks to Your Job Search Advantage: This free, downloadable whitepaper by Marji McClure of ExecuNet tells how job-seekers, especially executives can best deploy social media. 100 Web Tools to Help You Boost Your Resume and Reputation During the Recession: This list covers a wide variety of Web-based job-search tools and articles. Top 25 Most Influential Online Recruiters: John Sumser presents a list of recruiters job-seekers may want to learn from and connect with.
Job Boards JobConcierge’s Best Industry Job Boards on the Internet : JobConcierge surveyed 3,000+ executives in various fields on which industry job sites and job boards they like to use and find most useful. The result is a directory of hundreds of job boards broken down by industry. The Job Application Black Hole: Jessica Dickler writes about ways to get around some of the problems of job boards. Bad Job Sites: Career expert Alision Doyle provides a great set of guidelines for evaluating the quality of job boards and the pitfalls to look out for. It Isn’t Always a Job Behind an Online Job Posting. The Wall Street Journal‘s Sarah Needleman describes deceptive practices and fake ads on job boards. Career-Collective-original-small.jpgThe September 2010 Career Collective Links: