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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Social Media in Your Job Search - A Case Study

Tara Weiss, the career reporter for Forbes.com, was writing an article about using social media for conducting a job search -- specifically Twitter. My friend Kyle Flaherty mentioned that I'd been successful in finding work -- both full-time and freelance -- through Twitter and that she should reach out to me.

Speaking with Tara about Twitter was an interesting experience -- giving her both a primer on the service and how to use it for job searching. I analyzed what my own actions had been and considered the principles so that other people could benefit from my experience. 

Overall, I think the piece is very strong. Both for people that are familiar with Twitter and those that are considering Twitter as a way to help with a job search.

While you're reading articles about job searching, I also recommend a recent post by Heather Strout about what you should do first if you lose your job.

What has been your experience with using social media for job searching?

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