Job Hunting In A Nutshell: 57 Tweets

2012-04-20 14:28:16

What follows is a series of tweets I sent this spring as a part of a Twitter based seminar in networking for a job. The most amazing thing about Twitter is that it forces you to get very concise. The tweets distill a lot of information about networking and looking for work into a small space.

If you are looking for work or thinking about it, get a Twitter account. While I can’t promise you that you’ll land a job, you CAN use the service to become a better writer. Regularly tweeting (say, 20 times a day) is one of the best writing improvement exercises I know of.

Here are the keys to effective networking for a job in about 50 tweets.

  • How do you use Job Boards? Do they Work?
    • Lots of people complain about the black hole? Is that what you see?
    • The black hole is the stuff of legends. It’s where resumes disappear to
    • I apply for a number of jobs each year just to see what happens. I’ve never gotten an acknowledgement. Not one.
    • Most likely, there isn’t a roomful of people waiting to get your resume.
    • Companies hire 25% of their people from job boards
    • If they hire 25% of their people from job boards, it means that the other 75% come from somewhere else.
    • There’s lots of fuss re improving the job hunter experience. Seems silly 2 me. Do u send love notes 2 ur spammers?
    • When you don’t get a pretty quick response from a job board post, get over it and move on.
    • Definitely use job boards. It may work for you. But the odds are against you
    • Job Boards work better for employers than job hunters. Most of job hunting is like that.

  • How do you discover who hires people like you in your neighborhood?
    • It matters because your career is tied to your neighborhood.
    • The odds are that your next job is going to be in your neighborhood (no more than 25 miles or so from your home)
    • Only 8% of people are willing to relocate. Most want to stay where they have roots
    • Your financial stability depends on you knowing the names of the companies who would hire you
    • More than just the companies, you need to know the people who make the hiring decisions
    • Make a list of the 10 to 15 companies you most want to work for in your neighborhood.
    • Every city has a chamber of commerce that lists out the employers in the area.
    • It’s amazing what you can learn about the companies in your neighborhood by using GOOGLE.
    • Go visit the companies. Be curious. What do they do? Where do they eat lunch?
    • Figure out who their suppliers are. What do they do in the company and what do they outsource?
  • Which is better, a steady stream of applications or a targeted campaign?
    • The answer to this question is a definite YES. U need both a steady flow of applications and targeted campaigns.
    • The targeted campaigns are more important but it’s always good to buy lottery tickets.
    • Give 10% of ur time to job boards. UR treating this as a full time, 50 hour/week thing, aren’t you? No more than 10%
    • Targeted campaigns involve research & persistence. Get 2 know LinkedIn. Y? Because it tells u who u need 2 know.
    • All hiring managers are there. (In LinkedIn) Find them. Get to know them.
    • Recruiters don’t make hiring decisions. They offer a slate of candidates. The hiring manager (or team) chooses
    • You need to figure out who the hiring manager (or team) is. Then start networking towards them.
    • The biggest network doesn’t win. The person who gets a job wins.
    • Know where you want to work then network towards that.
  • How do you maintain your sense of humor while job hunting?
    • Job hunting sucks, is scary and causes bad judgment. It’s particularly ugly if you’re broke or strapped for $$.
    • But you can never let them see you sweat. Hiring managers don’t want scared and broke people.
    • So, you have to stay upbeat. Laughing is the most important thing you can do in a job hunt.
    • Less stress = more energy. Most stress is in your head. Meditate, yoga, exercise, sing, dance, love. A lot.
    • A baby seal walks into a club. That’s my favorite joke. I like to tell it til the other person laughs.
    • Learn to tell a dozen jokes. If the interview is going badly, dig one up. Be good at telling it.
    • Always start your interview by imagining that the people you are talking to are naked.
    • Have one day a month where you decide to screw up every bit of job hunting you do. Make a really big mess.
    • Take the job hunt very seriously most of the time. Do not take yourself so seriously most of the time.
  • How do you get to know the kinds of people who can help you? Who are they?
    • They live in your city. They work in the places you want to work. Or they do business with those places.
    • You get to know them by figuring out who they are and giving them value.
    • The moment you start to network to get a job, you are doomed to failure. Network to build relationships.
    • The people who can help you most have old networks. If you don’t have one of these start building one.
    • People with old networks don’t look for work so much. They have a network that helps them with that problem.
    • A good network is absolutely no larger than it absolutely has to be.
    • In most cities, a well structured network of 200 can put you in front of everyone who matters.
    • Oh, you noticed that. In a job hunt, some people don’t matter. Quickly discover who they are.
    • They’re probably your best friends. Your current network is not likely to get you a job.
    • Get to know them by figuring out their interests (heard of Facebook) and their companies (Glassdoor)
    • When you get to know someone, listen. The best job hunts involve a lot of listening.
    • The best networkers listen a lot. They are curious about people and want to know where to add value.
    • You can tell the interview is going well if you are listening intensely.
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