4Get Your Tweet On Contingency recruiters, who get paid only if they fill a job, are in a daily race with their competitors to find the right candidates fast — sometimes in a matter of
hours — so many of them tweet about job openings on Twitter.
“They’re hoping someone in their network is going to say
‘That’s for me!’ So more contingency firms are using Twitter, as
are regular companies, to tweet their job openings,” Perry says.
Tweet Grader ( Tweet.Grader.com) lets job seekers search for
their desired job titles to find out who is tweeting about those
jobs. Tweeters can also join recruiters’ job search groups and be
alerted when new positions are posted.
5Stalk Headhunters With TwitJobSearch.com This free service from HubSpot lets job seekers search for their targeted job title to find out who has tweeted
about a similar job that day. If you become a “follower” of a targeted recruiter, you’ll receive tweets when new jobs are posted.
6Social Network Overload? Try About.me Once you establish multiple portfolios on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other networking sites, then
the challenge becomes managing and monitoring all of those
Web presences. How do you separate your personal life from your
professional one? About.me can be the central point of those interactions by allowing users to connect all of their social networks in
one place and present only the information that the user wants a
particular contact to see — business or personal.
“I think About.me is going to be the centerpiece [of social net-working] in the not-so-distant future, about six to nine months,
for people who are very active with social networks and have a
big challenge managing it all and pointing people in the right
direction,” Perry says.
A Tool, Not a Solution
The 50-year-old out-of-work IT executive from Raleigh is now
using several social networking tools to look for job leads, but he
still believes he’ll find his next job the old-fashioned way.
“I suspect how I find a job is not going to have a whole lot to
do with my research on the Net,” he says. “It’s going to be an
individual who knows I’m available because of what happened to
my company. I’ve been getting together with many of them over
the last seven months.”
Recruiters warn that Web 2.0 isn’t the silver bullet that will bring
your job search to a successful conclusion, but it certainly is a valu-
able tool. “When you need a job, you should slow down and spend a
day or two creating a profile that makes it easy for you to be found,”
Perry says. “It’s more likely then that the jobs will come to you.” ;
Collett is a Computerworld contributing writer. You can
contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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