This whole Twitter business is still makings its way across the country. Facebook was quick to catch on with the college crowd, and as the site was expanded to more universities and then eventually anyone, millions joined. Twitter’s a few years old and has been consistently gaining users and attention during that time, though it’s still not on the level of other social networking sites. Maybe because Twitter’s different and I’ve heard plenty of people ask, “What exactly is it and why do I want to do it?”
Here’s a quick primer:
1. Twitter’s a site that allows you to post a message (or a Tweet, if you will) that’s 140 characters or less. Not 140 words, but 140 characters. That’s not easy.
2. You can follow other people, which means you can easily see their Tweets when they’re posted.
3. Other people can follow you so that they see your Tweets. (Makes sense, right?)
4. You can abstain from posting anything and just log on the site to see what people are saying.
Not everyone wants to post about their left toe’s hangnail, and even fewer people want to read about it. So don’t think the site’s only good for silly things. You can actually use Twitter to improve your job search, keep track of industry trends, and even plan your career. You might think it’ll be too hard to navigate the millions of users and find the worthwhile Tweeters…and you’d be somewhat right. It is tricky to sort through the noise, so we did it for you. Here are 10 Tweeters we think you should be following if you want to get some workplace and job hunting advice.
Here are the 10 job Tweeters you should be following.
About the author: Adrienne Waldo, a New York-based writer, consultant and blogger, made a name for herself when she began blogging about Generation Y.
Why you should follow her: Waldo, a Generation Y-er herself, offers advice as someone who’s in the same shoes as many of her equally young Twitter followers, but she also uses her experience to let followers know what employers are thinking.
About the author: Alison Doyle regularly writes articles on job-seeking issues, ranging from interview advice to using social media appropriately.
Why you should follow her: She’s prolific, so you always have something to read, and she knows her stuff.
About the author: Anita Bruzzese is the author of “45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy” and also writes a workplace blog full of tips and advice for employees.
Why you should follow her: She lets you know when she’s updated her blog, which is full of helpful advice. She also shares quirky, sometimes off-topic links that lighten the day’s mood.
About the authors: Careerealism.com founder J.T. O’Donnell and a group of job experts let you know when they’ve posted new advice for job seekers. They also respond to job seekers with career questions — in 140 characters or less, of course.
Why you should follow them: As a follower, you get to read advice from several experts who know what they’re talking about and give their own perspectives.
About the author: Eve Tahmincioglu blogs, publishes articles and Tweets on career issues.
Why you should follow her: Her advice is excellent and she often brings up issues you might not have otherwise considered.
About the authors: We here at TheWorkBuzz.com also write workplace and job seeker articles for your reading pleasure.
Why you should follow them: We Tweet a mix of tips, news stories, helpful articles and blog posts to keep you informed of what’s going on in the world of job seekers. We love you so much that we put a handy link on the right side of this page that takes you straight to our Twitter in case you ever forget. –>
About the author: Heather Huhman is an expert on helping Generation Y job seekers and recent graduates navigate the professional world.
Why you should follow her: Huhman Tweets when she writes a new article, directs followers to other helpful experts and offers her own tips from time to time.
About the author: Lewis Lin is a Seattle-based interview coach who prepares clients for the difficult questions that will come their way during a job search.
Why you should follow him: Lin Tweets his own interview tips, as well as other experts’ advice and news articles.
About the author: Atlanta-based Miriam Salpeter is a career coach and résumé writer for Keppie Careers. She helps job seekers spice up their résumés, prepare for interviews and achieve their career goals.
Why you should follow her: In addition to posting links to the day’s job seeker headlines and news, she also offers career advice and lets you know where she’ll be giving presentations.
About the author: Chicago-based Raven Moore authors The Writerbabe Series, a blog that explores professional, pop-culture and newsworthy topics.
Why you should follow her: Moore directs you both to her own writings and to other writers’ works, as well as interesting news items she comes across. Plus, some of her personal Tweets are entertaining enough to make you forget about the current economy.