Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow When Job Searching

Major companies are increasingly using social media as a recruitment tool, and while LinkedIn is still an important digital platform, Twitter is rapidly gaining popularity with job seekers and employers. Twitter has become a powerful job-search tool.

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There are literally hundreds of job seeker websites but here are three specifically designed for Twitter recruitment.

  • TwitJobSearch: This account allows searches of Twitter using keywords, not only hashtags.
  • TweetMyJobs: Several major companies such as AT&T now use this account for recruitment. It is convenient for job seekers as it will send you personalized job listings via your mobile device, email, or Twitter.
  • Twellow: Twellow makes it a lot easier to find the right recruiters and the best ‘influencers’ to follow to help you with your job search. It does this by organizing Twitters by category.

In terms of experts in the field of job searching a few are very highly regarded in terms of the quality and value of the information they provide:

  •  @LinkedIn_Jobs: Despite the huge growth in Twitter, LinkedIn remains the premier social media resource for professionals across all fields. As such, being connected to it is a must for a job seeker. Once you have subscribed, career listings are fed directly to your account.#
  • @JobHuntOrg: Tweets for this account are posted by Susan P. Joyce. The focus is tweets giving career advice, helpful articles for job seekers, and posting U.S. job listings.
  •  @SocialMediaJob: The power behind this account is Dave Weinberg. He aggregates job listings in the growing and important social media sector.

It’s a good idea to follow a few industry “movers and shakers” who are important in the employment sector too when you are job hunting. Following their accounts and Tweets will allow you to benefit from their expertise. You may even be able to ask questions that he or she will respond to. The way to source these accounts is to do a Google search using keywords similar to “top twitter users in [your career]” and see what you find. You will have a period of trial and error as you identify the ones you find most helpful. Two popular accounts are:

  • @Blogging4Jobs: This account is written by Jessica Merrell, a columnist for The Huffington Post, and is a great combination of professional and personal discussions. In addition, she offers webinars and live chats.
  • @LindseyPollak: This blog is written by Lindsey Pollak who is well-known as both a keynote speaker and a LinkedIn ambassador.
  • @YouTernMark: This account provides career advice aimed specifically at college graduates. However, non graduates will also gain value from it as he also offers general tips for all job seekers.
  • @heatherhuhman: With this account the focus is on advice about entry level jobs and internships, setting goals, and interview skills.

All these great Twitter accounts are out there to offer you general and specific advice and guidance and to help you locate the job listings you want. Go out there and make the most of them!

Top 5 Social Media Jobs

Social media is a big part of our daily lives. It’s also big business and, in turn, really important for big businesses. As a result, companies are increasingly looking for top-notch professionals to optimize their social marketing efforts. As the field grows, so does the number of career options available. Here are some of the top social media jobs to keep an eye out for.

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SE0 Specialist

In order to become an SEO or search engine optimization specialist, you need to have a solid understanding of the Internet, keywords, and the functioning of search engines. You also need to be able to do good research and optimize a brand’s exposure. The core function of the SEO specialist is to make a company visible. In order to do this, they need to boost the company’s website rankings. The work involves analyzing websites, market research, and the creating of high-quality SEO content.

Social Media Copywriter/Blogger

In order to pursue a career as a social media copywriter or blogger you need to have a flair for writing—including the ability to use keywords intelligently and effectively—and a solid understanding of both social media in general and SEO specifically. What is great about this job is that it can be done from anywhere. In addition, effective copywriters or bloggers of this type are increasingly in demand as they help the company create an online presence. The content produced could include blogs, SEO articles, or posts for message boards.

Social Media Marketing Manager

These days, businesses need talented marketing professionals who understand, and can work with, social media. These individuals must know what it takes to make a brand really stand out from the competition. The job involves the overseeing of the design and execution of social marketing media strategies and the communication strategy. The purpose of this job is to increase audience growth and promote the company and its brands.

Online Community Manager

The core responsibilities of this job are to maintain a brand’s community online and to ensure ongoing active engagement. This individual handles the day-to-day content that is posted on social media platforms and analyses and measures basic metrics using social media tools. This job is great if you enjoy a job that allows you to work with and build relationships with customers. The primary goal is to improve brand awareness and brand loyalty by increasing Web traffic. The job requires individuals that are flexible and adaptable in order to deal with variety and constant changes and developments.

Social Media Specialist

Like many other jobs in social media, this one is a combination of things: copywriting, some general management, brand management, and social media marketing. In order to be a good fit for this job you need to be a self-starter and be able to plan, execute, and manage social media initiatives from start to finish. If you are a people person, this job also provides you with the opportunity to interact with customers on social media sites because part of your function is to be the human face of a company.

 

Tips for Negotiating the Salary that You Want

You have been granted a job interview and the employer seems impressed by you as an applicant, but now you need to talk about money. This is a difficult and sensitive issue for many of us. You need to know when to avoid the topic, when to raise the subject, and then how to negotiate the salary you want. Here are some strategies that will help you do so successfully while ensuring you get your dream job.

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Do Your Research

Before you go for the interview you should do some preparation. Firstly, you must do the math and have a clear idea of what your minimum salary expectations are based on your requirements. Secondly, do some research to establish the market related, average salary. Finally, learn what you can about the pay scale the company you are interviewing with even though they will probably tell you about it during the recruitment process.

Don’t Discuss Money Too Early

There are experts that claim that you should avoid or side-step the topic entirely if possible in the first interview. The focus first needs to be on your value to the employer and your past relevant accomplishments. There’s no point—in fact it could be very counterproductive—to discuss the pay you want before the company has decided they want you for the job! In addition, don’t be the first to raise the issue or propose a figure. If they employer pushes you for a figure, introduce a salary range, indicate you are prepared to negotiate, and then wait for the response.

Emphasize the Benefits or Value of your Skills

Your focus needs to be on your accomplishments. Describe or quantify them in terms of measurable results such as sales figures, savings, or productivity increases. Also mention any employee awards such as bonuses or incentive awards that you received. All of these factors will make you appear more valuable in the employer’s eyes and are therefore likely to increase the salary figure that they offer you.

Understand your Value

You need to ask yourself whether or not you are in a position of power. Are you and the skills you offer particularly in demand? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you need to draw attention to it without being overly confident and certainly without being arrogant.

How to Respond to a Low Offer

The interview went well and the company wants to hire you. However, the salary they are offering is low. There could be several reasons for this: internal pay-scales that must be operated within, union imposed pay scales, or they need to be reminded why you would be a valuable asset. If you have established it’s the last reason, enter negotiations based on your ability to perform in the position.

Consider Additional Compensation Items

When you think about remuneration or compensation, keep in mind that cash is not the only type. Once you have agreed on cash compensation or salary, you also need to negotiate the other items such as sign-on bonuses, increases, performance bonuses, health insurance benefits if required, leave benefits, and education loans.

Tips for Getting the Job of Your Dreams

There’s nothing simple about finding the job of your dreams. Some professionals spend their entire career looking for the job that fulfills them. Others step into their dream job by accident. Whatever path you take , it’s important you find the job that’s just right for you. Here are some tips for anyone still finding their dream job.

Dream job

What makes you happy? 

Ask yourself, “What makes me happy? If I could do anything, what would it be? Take a good look at that dream job. What aspects attract you? What are the things about it you believe you need to do to be happy or fulfilled? But it’s also important that you consider  the pros and cons of your chosen job. All jobs have upsides and downsides, so you need to do your research.

Is this enough to get by on?

Look into the financial aspects. For some, money is not everything, but we all have to eat and pay other expenses. What are the average salaries for the career?

What are you good at?

Focus on your skills and talents. Ask yourself, “What am I really good at, or better at than most at?” We are not always the best judge of ourselves, so it can be useful to ask parents, friends, and/or teachers too? It can also be useful to consider your hobbies. What do you do for fun? What about it do you enjoy? Do some research; you may actually find there are careers that are similar or use the same skills and activities.

Do your homework?

The best way to find your dream job is by doing homework. Start by looking for advertisements for the position or career you really want. What are the employers looking for in terms of qualifications, skills, and experience?

If you know of someone doing the work you aspire to, how about scheduling a meeting with him/her to discuss the job and what it involves. Talking to someone who recruits in the field can also be very fruitful. Attend Job Fairs, respond to advertisements, or approach companies directly.

Do you have the experience?

Now that you have a better idea of what the job involves and what is required for it, you need to investigate education options: what qualification is required, where is it offered, and—if finances are problematic—are there any bursaries, scholarships, internships, or government programs that would help?

Your next step needs to be taking on volunteer or part-time work so that you can gain some relevant experience and that will bulk up your resume. This is also a good opportunity to get good references. If possible, arrange an internship or try a job shadow so you get a sense of a-day-in-the-life for this job. This will give you a realistic idea and further help you decide if it is right for you.

Are you ready to network?

Start to network: meet people in the field through volunteering; attending talks, workshops, or conferences; and attending job fairs. Who you know is important. Keep it real: you need to realize that you will probably have to be willing to start at or near the bottom and then work your way up. It will be worth it, though.

If after all this you still feel lost, take an online job test or visit a career center in your area. Online tests often require a fee but good ones are worth it.

All that’s left now is to get that interview and then ace it!

How to Use Twitter Hashtags to Find a Job

So, you want to use social media to find a job? You need to use the right tools and hashtags are one of the best and easiest! But first you need to know what hashtags are, what you want to achieve by using them, and how to use them.

Hashtag

What is a hashtag?

A hashtag is used to organize content around a keyword or theme. For instance, anybody listing an Austin-Healey for sale or giving information about these classic cars would use “#austin-healey”, and anybody searching for that hashtag would find all the relevant tweets/posts.

What can I use hashtags for?

In a job search context, they can be used to find and apply for jobs, to network, and to get career advice. Knowing which of these is your goal—and you may have more than one—will determine your selection of hashtags.

General purpose hashtags

This group of hashtags is a more general one and they will help you to locate job listings in broad categories:

• #JobListing: a tweet that contains a job listing.
• #JobOpening: this locates jobs in multiple industries and locations.
• #GraduateJobs: this is for entry-level positions aimed at recent graduates.
• #jobs, #jobhunt, and #jobsearch: these will offer job openings and job search advice. As such, they could be an ideal place to start.

Specific or targeted hashtags

If you want to search for more specific types of jobs, fields, or industries then more specific or targeted hashtags are required. For instance:

• #teachingjobs or #salesjobs: these lead to job listings in particular areas.
• #greenjobs or #nonprofitjobs: the emphasis here is on area of interest rather than specific jobs.

Hashtags for tips, advice, and chat

It helps a great deal to talk to both experts and people in the same position as you while you search for work. It’s not easy and we all need support and advice. In addition, even after you have found a job, it is really important to continue to network and to learn. Some of the general hashtags that will locate tips, advice, and chat forums that are appropriate at various stages are:

• #JobTips: If you’re looking for career advice, you’ll find content and suggestions from hiring professionals and recruiters.
• #JobHuntChat, #careerchat, #internchat: They offer advice from experts on a range of relevant topics.
• #résumé, #resumewriting, and #CV: These will provide links to articles and provide advice on how to strengthen your resume.

Of course, you can use any of these hashtags and a combination of them in addition to the targeted ones that cater to your specific requirements. Hashtags are a very powerful tool—use them!

How Should I Prepare For A Job Fair?

There are a number of important steps that you should take before attending a job fair so that you get the most out of it. Let’s begin with the ones you need to take whether you are attending a traditional or a virtual job fair.

Job Fair

Step 1: Have a plan/clear goals

Begin by asking yourself, “What do I want to achieve?” You may well find that before you can reach a really useful answer you need to consider a few areas. Firstly, what are your career objectives: What are you looking for in a job and what career path do you have in mind? Secondly, what are your passions and how can these be matched to a job, industry, or company? Having a plan will also prevent you wandering around aimlessly and feeling lost and intimidated because you will know what companies you want to visit or what courses of study you wish to pursue.

Step 2: Research companies or industries

Not only will doing this kind of research save you time because you won’t need to ask for fairly basic information, but it will help you to be more focused in terms of deciding who you want to visit. In addition, if you can ask well-informed questions you will stand out from the crowd and make an impression on the company representative.

Step 3: Prepare a 30 to 60 second introduction or sales pitch

Now that you know what you want to achieve and you have researched the company you need to prepare a very brief, succinct sales pitch. In it, you need to introduce yourself, promote your relevant skills, show your knowledge of their company, and state how what you offer would serve them. Ideally you should end with a question so you begin a conversation rather than just making a speech.

Step 4: Prepare the questions you want to ask

These questions will be informed by what you want to achieve and the person you are addressing them to. However, some useful questions include: What do you look for in an employee, what courses do you recommend I take if I want to enter this field/get this job, do you provide summer internships, what advice could you offer me, and do you have a business card I could have? Not only will you gain useful information, you will make a positive impression as a serious and thoughtful candidate.

Step 5: Prepare your resume

If you are attending a traditional job fair you should prepare a polished and up-to-date resume to hand to employers or educational institutions. The resume should showcase your education, skills, and experience. If someone won’t take your resume don’t be disheartened because some companies just don’t for various reasons.

Step 6: Have business cards made

Again, if you are at a traditional fair and seeking employment a business card makes you look prepared and professional. Keep it simple and avoid anything too ornate. Make sure to include your name and all your contact details on the card.

What Are The Best Job Fairs To Attend In 2014?

Job Fairs have two functions: they can help you decide on a career or they could assist you find a job. These days there are two types of job fairs and they are both offered by many organizations, universities, and companies.

Job Fair

First, there are the traditional Job Fairs that are held at a physical venue, one attends in person, and walks around looking at exhibits and meeting people. The major advantage is face-to-face contact and the associated networking. The down side is that a traditional job fair may involve travel and accommodation costs, parking hassles, crowds and queues, etc.

The second type is the virtual job fair. These have a number of benefits, including real-time interaction with exhibitors, their global nature, and the much lower cost of attendance. There are a huge number of Job Fairs each year, but let’s take a brief look at a few that are considered the best ones to attend.

1.The Global Careers Fair

This is a virtual job fair that makes the visitor feel as though he/she is there because there is an exhibition hall where each organization has its own booth. You can use the scroll-function to have a look around and select the booths you want to visit, watch videos, download brochures, enter lounges where you can network with employers and other attendees, and check out the resource center which posts vacancies. This job fair runs a couple of times a year.

2. Hire Big 10+ Virtual Career Fair

This huge virtual job fair is a joint venture between a number of top American Universities including Pennsylvania State, Michigan State, DePaul, Ohio State, Indiana, Purdue, and Rutgers to name a few. Here an attendee can have a look at the various options in terms of courses of studies at various institutions and the careers they would equip a successful graduate to follow. This fair runs from April 8 –10 in 2014.

3. CareerEco

This is another virtual fair that describes itself as a “recruiting platform and talent community”. As the name implies, the focus here is on careers, employers, and individuals who are technology, innovation, the environment, and long-term sustainability orientated. This fair is also held in partnership with several universities who share the ideals and goals of the Fair’s organizers.

4. Monster’s Virtual Job Fair

Like the Global Careers Fair, this is a highly interactive fair that allows visitors to enter, visit booths, watch videos, source and download a number of career management tools, and obtain advice from experts during online presentations. Monster holds several Fairs each year with a focus on a different country each time. For the latest details have a look at monster.com.

5. University Fairs

All of the major universities globally offer at least one Fair a year, for example: MIT, Stanford, New York University, Penn State, Berkley, Oxford in the UK, Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and the College of Engineering at The University of Iowa holds two career fairs a year as do other colleges at major universities. Details are available of their websites.

10 Apps to Boost your Job Search

Job searching is not easy. It can be time consuming and it isn’t always clear where to invest your time. But with so many Apps out there for iOS and Android. you can easily boost your job search with nothing but your smartphone. This is a list of those that seem to be the most popular with app users.

Apps

1. Indeed.com

Over a few short years this has become the #1 job search engine as it is easy to use and offers a quick-search facility straight from the home page, saving you time and trouble.

2. SimplyHired.com

This App is available for Android and iPhone users and lists over 5 million jobs that have been drawn from newspapers, bulletin boards, and company websites.

3. LinkedIn.com

The site allows you to load a detailed work profile, obtain endorsements of skill or experience, and set up job alerts tailored for you. It is also a great way to network and stay connected.

4. Craigslist.com

This App remains popular despite the fact that not all content is legitimate. The advantages are that is offers volume and job listings are updated daily.

5. Careerbuilder.com

The site allows both quick and advanced search options and combines both local and national job listings.

6. Monster.com

The Monster App for Android and iPhone is the mobile companion to one of the biggest job boards on the Internet, allowing you to both search and filter results. Monster also offers BeKnown which is a professional networking application for Facebook.

7. TweetMyJobs.com

Users receive relevant job matches that they can control in terms of where and how often they are delivered, for example you could select to receive them daily via emails.

8. RealTimeJobs

This is another free App from TwitterJobSearch. It allows users a single tap job application facility. One can attach a CV, social media profile, or video and apply to a job posted on Twitter.

9. Job

This App is available for iPhones and gives users access to millions of job listings which can be searched by company, industry, location, etc.

10. HiddenJobs

This one is unique in that it trawls for jobs that are not advertised by tracking company job announcements from press releases, online media, and newspaper sources. The data is updated daily and is available to users of iPhones, Ipod Touch, and iPads.

The best thing to do is to have a look at several of these Apps and to start using the one or ones that appeal to you or work for you. Over time you will gain a better idea and feel for which are useful for you, most user-friendly, and reliable.

5 Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Interviews can be stressful. And besides dressing properly for the interview, there’s really very little you can do to prepare. There are simply too many unknowns to prepare for. The one thing you can do is make sure you’re ready to face the most-commonly asked interview questions. Here are 5 of the most commonly asked interview questions.

Interview

1. What is your greatest strength?

For some this is an easy question, but for less confident applicants who find self-promotion hard it can be difficult. You must sell yourself in a way that is relevant for the job in question: highlight experience and skills that correlate directly to those required for the job. In addition, follow up your response with a specific example. For instance, “I’m an excellent sales person; I have exceeded my target every quarter for the last 2 years because I’m motivated and I have excellent relationships with my customers”.

2. What is your greatest weakness?

There are a few ways you can handle this question. Firstly, mention areas that aren’t critical for the job. For example, a worker at a daycare center doesn’t need strong presentation skills. A second option is to focus on skills that you have improved on, avoiding skills that are essential to the job. This shows a willingness to improve and the ability to do so. Again, provide details to illustrate. Finally, take a potential negative and turn it into a positive such as a need to triple-check everything becomes attention to detail.

3. Describe a difficult situation and how you resolved it

Here, too, there’s no right or wrong answer. These kinds of questions give an interviewer a feel for you as a person and a degree of understanding, based on your past actions, of how you’ll react in the future. Remember: be specific, don’t bad mouth anyone, and be positive. You need to provide enough details about the problem and how you resolved it for the interviewer to have a clear idea of the situation and your response.

4. Why should we hire you? / What makes you the best person for this job?

This is the prompt for your “sales pitch” in which you emphasize what makes you the stand-out applicant and highlights what you have to offer the employer. Before you reply, think of the job description and respond in relation to it. What relevant skills and/or qualifications do you have? What accomplishments can you describe? What experience do you have in a similar environment or industry? What attributes do you have that the job requires? Remember: use specific examples and be concise. Try to emphasize things that you have that are more difficult to find and make you valuable, even unique.

5. Tell me about yourself…

Many find this hard to deal with well. The three golden rules here are: (a) don’t mistake this as an ice-breaker, (b) don’t ramble, and (c) don’t use over-worn terms like “loyal” and “hard working”. You need to indicate who you are, your major strength, and how that strength will benefit the company. Try to keep it down to a couple of sentences, for example: “I’m an experienced Export Sales Manager with very strong organizational and customer relationship skills. In my last job I grew export revenue by 94% in the space of 18 months”.

The Best Career Advice No One Gave You

So, you haven’t a clue what to do or where to go for career advice or information, right? Choosing a career is a major decision that will impact on your life as a whole, so you need to act on reliable information and solid advice from someone or somewhere trustworthy. My career related decisions would have been far easier if I’d had the right career advice.

Take a good, honest look at yourself

Ask yourself, “What would I do if I didn’t have to work and could do anything at all?” The answer you come up with might not be the one you should pursue but it will give you some insight. If the answer is something really out of the ordinary or very unrealistic, consider something that is in a related field. For instance, if you would love to become a veterinarian but you can’t, find another way of working with and caring for animals.

Often looking at your hobbies is more useful than thinking about your “dream” job. A sure-fire way to be happy at work is to be doing something you really enjoy or love doing. What do you do in your free time for pure enjoyment? For example, if you love to draw or paint, consider a career in art, graphic design, or animation. Similarly, the subjects that you enjoy at school can give you strong hints about where your interests and abilities lie. Do you love English? What about becoming a journalist or an editor?

Next, consider your skills (things you have learned to be good at) and talents (innate abilities you have). Do you have smart hands that are good at fixing things or can you play a musical instrument, for example? Many of these can be used as or in a career. When looking at skills think about ones we sometimes don’t consider such as interpersonal skills as they are important in most jobs and essential in others such as social work or psychology.

Examine your current situation

Much as we wish it were different, our financial situation impacts on our career choices. Certain careers require studies through a college or university. If the fees are beyond your reach, I advise you to investigate opportunities for bursaries or scholarships and apprenticeships. Your ability to change career later in life is also affected by your finances as you may have a range of responsibilities. However, view a lack of funds as a challenge rather than an insurmountable obstacle.

Consider your future

When thinking about your future in relation to a career, consider several aspects. Firstly, the enjoyment and or sense of satisfaction your work gives you are important considerations. Secondly, when selecting a career one ideally wants to choose one that offers a good level of financial security so that you can support yourself and your family. Finally, when considering careers, my advice is to look at the market demand for the job and at growth prospects. You want to be in a field that will be around for at least the duration of your work life.

Be a little flexible if necessary

Remember that very few people know right away what career is right for them. If it takes a while, even a couple of years, before you find your path… don’t worry! You are not unusual. Also, a career is not written in stone; if you are unhappy in it, change it. If you are older and have responsibilities it will be tougher to do so, but it can still be done.

Who can I talk to? Where can I go?

Speak to your parents, siblings, friends and teachers. Often the way others see us is very different to the way we perceive ourselves, and asking about it can help us to see ourselves and our abilities, skills, and attributes differently and in a fresh way. They may also come up with great new ideas.

You could also talk to a guidance counselor or teacher at school who will be able to give you career advice or point you in the direction of other resources that can. There are also agencies or organizations in the large centers of most countries that will administer career aptitude and skills tests that may help to clarify matters for you and will help you to match your results to available career options. In addition, there are advisors at colleges and universities who offer this kind of service too.