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Twitter, Facebook May Help You Land Job

Twitter, Facebook May Help You Land Job

By Liz Ryan | Arizona Star

You’re up to date on the latest job-search ideas, right? You’re responding to posted job ads. You’re crafting smart and incisive cover letters to accompany your résumé on its travels. You’re networking like crazy. What else can you do? You may be leaving a few essential job-search stones unturned. Here are some less-well-known ways to get the word out and jump on job-search opportunities:

Add a signature line to your outgoing e-mail messages, to remind your friends and contacts that you’re on a job search.

Include your LinkedIn profile URL, if you have one, in that signature to make it easy for people to check out your credentials.

Use Twitter to keep your fans in the loop. A daily (or even more frequent) Twitter “tweet” from you keeps your cronies and well-wishers abreast of your latest job-search happenings.

Make your Facebook page work for you — not against you. Smart job-seekers fill their Facebook pages with useful and relevant information about what they’ve accomplished and where their strengths lie. Using Facebook effectively in a job search requires more than just taking down the party- animal photos.

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Add a testimonial quote to your résumé. Got a favorite quote (in writing) from a boss who praised your work? Add it to your résumé in place of the tedious “References available on request.” Everyone knows your references are available. Tell us (in 20 words or fewer) what one of those people actually said about you — the more specific the kudos, the better.

Put a voice on your job-search profile. Too shy to appear on camera? Add an audio file to your LinkedIn, Facebook or other social-networking profile to help job-search targets and influencers get a feel for who you are and how you think. Buy a headset for a few bucks and download Audacity for free to make high-quality audio files. You can even send your podcasts to iTunes and build a following.

Rewrite your résumé so it sounds human. As a careers expert, the biggest job-search stumbling block I see is a boilerplate-laden résumé that sounds like every other résumé I see. Yank the boilerplate out of your résumé and give it a human voice.

A job search doesn’t leave room for error these days. Details can make all the difference — better put every tool to work for you now, and put your job search behind you sooner.

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