By Kristen Jacoway
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How Twitter Can Help Your Job Hunt
A great networking opportunity for people are Twitter chats. You can find chats within your industry or you can attend chats to help you with your career marketing. I’m going to highlight several of the chats that may be of interest to you and then explain how a chat works on Twitter.
- #JobHuntChat – Every Monday from 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET. This chat is for a community where job seekers, career coaches, recruiters, human resource professionals, and hiring managers come together. Each week, #JobHuntChat focuses on 6 questions from job seekers and then practicing industry experts offer solutions.
- #CareerChat – Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. ET
- #InternChat – Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. ET
- #GenYChat – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m. ET
- #HFChat – Fridays at 12:00 p.m. ET. HFChart is a part of HireFriday – movement where job seekers are marketed instead of job openings.
- #Linkedinchat – Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. CT. Linkedinchat covers topics about LinkedIn and leverages this social media platform.
- #Blogchat – Sundays at 8:00 p.m. CT. Blogchat gives people an opportunity to discuss their blogs and gain unique insights from experts and amateurs in the industry.
You can find a more detailed list of 488 (and counting) Twitter Chats here. This list includes the name of the chat, description, host/moderator, a hyperlink to lead you to more information, and the day/time for the chat.
The best way to “follow” a chat is to set up a column and follow the conversation by conducting a search for the hashtag (see below). Let’s walk through an example:
As you can see from the image someone posed this question on #jobhunt and #careerchat. If I wanted to provide an answer to him, I would add the “@” before his Twitter user name and answer the question followed by “#jobhunt #careerchat” so that it shows up during the live chat and other people can see my answer. The “#” sign is called a hashtag. Hashtags are a way for Twitter users to organize themselves: if everyone agrees to append a certain hashtag to tweets about a topic, it becomes easier to find that topic in a Twitter search. (More information will appear in my upcoming article on “How to Use TweetDeck or HootSuite in Twitter Chats”).