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Top Ten Twitter Tips to enhance your job search

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Twitter – A tremendous tool for job success

According to the latest Jobvite survey over 55% of recruiters and 40% of job seekers have actively engaged in Twitter for job search. How about you? Twitter is one of the most popular, social networking websites with more than 20 million active users. These also include the very recruiters, hiring managers and the CEOs of the companies that you wish to work for. With its popularity continuing to rise, here are ten creative ways Twitter can help you with your job search strategy and online branding.

1. Build.
Getting started is easy. Set up a free profile on Twitter.com. Write a compelling, keyword rich introduction, with preferably the same professional image that’s on LinkedIn, for consistency. And, add a link to your resume, portfolio or blog on your Twitter profile.

2. Connect. 
Shortlist the top five to ten companies that you wish to work for. Follow them and also follow influencers and key people working for each target company. You can also try to search “their name + Twitter” in Google for effective results. As a next step, you can begin to share what they say through re-tweets.

3. Engage. 
Pay attention to what those influencers are saying and what they’re sharing. Brush up on tips about why people follow on Twitter to improve your odds of them following you back. Now get in conversations with the influencers, ask intelligent questions, follow up with links to your best work., offer help and re-tweet the good information you see.

4. Tweet. 
Post intelligent, industry-relevant Tweets to demonstrate your skills, abilities, knowledge, and separate yourself from the competition. Don’t just re-tweet what others are saying; create meaningful content that people care about. Be a thought leader. Similar to how Google indexes your Tweets in the same way indexes your LinkedIn profile and Blogs.

5. Share. 
Share content that is valuable. The more relevant contributions you make, the more others will want to continue to follow you. Show what you are passionate about to give recruiters an idea of your personality. Keep your conversations focused on your area of expertise, or job search topics. Participate by joining hashtag discussions related to your field.

6. Search. 
With recruiters and hiring managers across the globe posting jobs on Twitter, it is now serving as a mini job board. You can go to the Twitter search box and search for the roles you are interested in, find the relevant Tweets and then follow the links provided to learn more about the open positions.

7: Read. 
Hundreds of Career Experts regularly post advice and links to job search resources on Twitter. The quickest way to find these experts is to use the Twitter Search function and enter the hashtag #jobsearch, #career or #jobseeker. The amount of excellent ideas, tips, leads, news, informative articles, and best practices going by all day long is amazing.

8. Absorb. 
Directly connect with companies and people that you want to work for. Find companies and people using Tweepsearch and follow them. Read their Tweets, respond and share. Many companies have job-related Twitter handles and following those is a great way to keep tabs on job openings.

9. Comprehend. 
Knowledge is power. Regularly follow the news items, trends and industry chatter on Twitter. You can become much better versed in your field and with the new and valuable information. And when you eventually get an interview with one of the companies that you are following, you will be much more prepared in the interview conversations.

10: Excel. 
Take advantage of Twitter’s unique open platform. Twitter’s openness makes it a useful platform for showcasing your talents, personality and interests. Recruiters can get an idea of who you are, and if you would be a good fit at their company. It’s not just about the transparency of candidates but companies as well.

Twitter can be a tremendous tool to build social credibility during a job search and help you establish a strong online reputation. The reputation you build on Twitter, just like the any other site will greatly aid your chances of finding the right position. Go on, have fun and start making your mark online in less than 140 characters.

Volunteering – The Perfect Springboard to Launch Your Career

“OK WIFM — ‘What’s in It For Me’”? If that’s your immediate reaction on reading the title of this article, read the following statements and see if any of them apply to you: 

  • I am looking for a job, but don’t have the relevant Canadian experience.
  • (Or vice versa) I am unable to get experience because I don’t have a job.
  • I wish I could improve my skills to get better at my job.
  • I wish I could make a career change, but am unable to decide what I want to do.
  • I am interested in a new profession, but am unsure of how to get in or what to do once in.

 If even one of these statements applies to you, then volunteering could be just the boost your career needs. Here are a few proven ways volunteering can help you reach your goals.

Valuable Canadian Experience
More than 65 per cent of hiring managers value volunteering experience to be “important” when selecting candidates, immigrant or Canadian-born. Volunteering also gives you, as a newcomer, a great chance to build your experience in a real workplace. Hiring managers always prefer candidates with local workplace experience.

Flexibility and Adaptability
Volunteering helps you to meet and work with people from diverse backgrounds, multiple attitudes and different views. This kind of flexibility and adaptability are strong must-have skills on your resumé.

Skills Enhancement
Embrace the chance to hone your existing skills and learn and develop new ones — like learning a new language or understanding new software — in a real-life setting. If you are looking for a career change, you can fortify the skills you possess, but are not currently using in your work.

Network Expansion
Volunteering is one of the fastest and most natural forms of networking when you are exploring job opportunities. Leverage the chance to meet new people and through them expand your network. Every new person you meet becomes part of your network and may potentially connect you with other contacts and career opportunities.

Career Exploration
If a career change is on your mind, this is your chance to explore different occupations and industry sectors. Get to know the key people and learn more about the challenges and rewards involved and gain a better understanding of the jobs available. Volunteering in a specific field can make your candidature stand out in any competitive scenario.

Confidence Booster
The potential to develop your technical skills and interpersonal abilities are perhaps the most obvious ways in which volunteering can help with career development. Competence leads to confidence and volunteering can help you feel active, useful and productive — especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while.

In The End, Everyone Wins

And here’s a last piece of news to bolster the argument: volunteering is a great way to learn responsibility and give back to the community. This is also the reason, why schools across Ontario require students to complete 40 hours of volunteer and community service work in order to get their diploma.

A few years ago, I, too, began volunteering with the Canadian Association of Marketing Professionals (CAMP). Today, I have a great time helping established professionals and new Canadians integrate into the job market effectively. The CAMP organization has grown to more than 1,000 members, with everything being accomplished by a handful of us, volunteering for a cause we believe in, and may I add, enjoying every bit of it.

Volunteering is a win-win situation. By helping others, you also get the opportunity to enhance your professional credentials. You will find that giving some of your time and expertise will pay off in more ways than one.