Jan 4, 2009

Using Twitter to find a Job

Did I tell you that I am a Twitter addict? For those who don't know what in the world is twitter - here's a small description from wikipedia -

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
Updates are displayed on the user's profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends (delivery to everyone being the default). Users can receive updates via the Twitter website, SMS, RSS, or email, or through an application

The Wall Street Journal talks about how twitter is now becoming a source for people to find a job:

Looking for a new job, Alexa Scordato didn't email or call her contacts about possible openings. Instead, she messaged them via the social-networking Web site Twitter.com.
Her brief message: "Hey there! Looking for a Social Media job up in Boston. Are you guys doing any entry level hires?"
Within a week, she had an interview. Within two weeks, she had a job.
The site, which lets users publish supershort updates of what they're doing, is a virtual meeting ground where a range of communities -- from moms to media professionals -- come to converse informally.
It's been criticized as a site for sharing mundane details about everyday activities. But people like 22-year-old Ms. Scordato, who used Twitter to privately message some people she'd met at a conference, show the site can be more than that.
"I would guess that if I had just sent them a long email with my résumé, I might not have gotten a response as fast as I did," says Ms. Scordato, who was hired by Mzinga, a Boston-area company that helps businesses use social technology.

I've noticed there are a lot of recruiters on Twitter - and guess the most useful jobs would be for the people who hang about at twitter mostly - geeks and social media folks. But soon as Twitter gets more and more mainstream - can you ignore twitter - as a network for job hunting or recruiting?

Previous Posts referencing Twitter
Social Media and Organizations
ROI of Blogging and Twitter
Twittering and HR
Yahoo Layoffs and the Twittering Employee
Am on Twitter now