Finding Work Via The Internet
With all of the companies making the jump into social media, it is natural for them to start tweeting job openings. Doing this will reach far more potential employment candidates than a newspaper ad or an application on their site. Many companies are finally seeing the benefits of social media, both cost and the community they can create and interact with.
Being this is a new way of exploring job posting and job hunting, most people are unsure how to go about it. Aside from learning the basics of social media sites like Twitter, you also need to be able to find companies using the web to post jobs. Hopefully this post will give you a little more insight how to use the web as a viable source for job hunting.
One of the first things you will want to do is create a bio that says what you are looking for. If you don’t have a bio, you will want to create one. In your Twitter bio you will only have 160 characters to describe yourself and what you want so be creative. Other sites will offer more space and different options.
If you are actively seeking work, it is a really good idea to have an up-to-date Linkedin profile. Depending on your field of interest, Linkedin is a very good place to get found.
Another good idea is to have a Google Profile with relevant keywords. A little bit of SEO in your profile will make it more searchable. Write it for the reader, not just the search engines.
Where To Look
Knowing where to look is definitely one of the hardest parts of any job search. It really varies with each industry. Thankfully almost every industry is using Twitter in one way or another. If you use the search feature and hashtags to find companies in your chosen field, you will have a better chance at catching someone posting a job opening.
Another tool born out of Twitter for job seekers and recruiters. Follow the hashtag #Tweetmyjobs and visit the website. This is a very simple (and free) tool for job seekers. You can subscribe to desired job channels and even have new openings automatically sent to your mobile phone. Even better? You can specify which cities you want notifications from.
Here are some other accounts on Twitter to follow. Some may be more focused on a particular segment of the job market, while others are very general.
@cwjobs – Copywriter jobs
@socialmediajob – social media jobs
@PRSAjobcenter – Jobs in public relations, communications and marketing
Some other ways of finding what is available are to follow companies or accounts which post jobs opportunities.
Aside from the many Firefox Twitter add-ons, desktop applications, and going to the Twitter site, you also have other options to receive updates.
One of the first and simplest is to have an SMS (text message) sent to your phone. Many sites offer this as an option. Look to see if there is a way to sign up your mobile device. Others may have a mobile version of their site. Most phones have the ability to get internet access. Ask your cellular provider what they offer.
With the popularity of data enabled phones, you have a greater opportunity to keep an eye on these sites. There are several Blackberry, iPhone, Windows Mobile, and Palm applications coming out in the near future. (I will be reviewing all of them I can get my hands on.) Right now, the one I have been using for a couple of months is Ubertwitter.
RSS feeds are a great way to stay on top of your searches. Many job sites have an option to get the RSS feed for that search. Look for the logo that looks like this . When a new job gets posted to the search, it will automatically show up in your feed.
Believe it or not, good old fashion web searches can find you lots of results. If you use a little nerdery, (Did i make that word up?) you can narrow down your searches.
inurl:job OR inurl:jobs
Or if you are freelancing in a specific field, you can add a search term after.
(inurl:job OR inurl:jobs) design
That should be a good start. If you need a few more ideas, here is a post I did a while back over at Make Tech Easier about web apps to help you find a job.
If you have a great tip for finding new clients or a job in general, leave a comment. Its rough out there and everyone needs all the help they can get.
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