Spring is almost here, and besides cleaning out your closet, you might also be thinking about tidying up your resume. But after combing through countless postings, networking like a ninja, and polishing your interviewing prowess, you still haven’t found the right fit. What’s an ambitious Muse to do?
Have no fear—it’s time to take a trip to the Twitterverse.
Contrary to popular opinion, Twitter isn’t just a forum for the mundane: It’s also one of the most underused tools for your job search. With almost 500 million users sharing an endless supply of information, the popular social network is an ideal way to connect with other professionals, not to mention get some killer career advice. Here are some choice tweeters who can help you on your way.
Best for a Resume Revamp: @keppie_careers
Need to spice up your CV? Coach Miriam Salpeter, owner and founder of Keppie Careers—and an accomplished writer and editor—is your go-to guru. She dishes out expert resume advice and teaches job seekers (and entrepreneurs) how to leverage social media to garner cool career opportunities. Check out Salpeter’s latest read, Social Networking for Career Success: Using Online Tools to Create a Personal Brand for more valuable tips.
Mentor on a Mission: @Absolutely_Abby
If you’re longing for a positive boost, Abby Kohut has your back. A staffing consultant, speaker, and author, Absolutely Abby has nobly made it her goal to “educate 1 million job seekers” and keep them motivated throughout their search. Does it seem like it’s been an eternity has passed since you started your hunt for the right gig, with still no luck? Kohut’s bi-weekly Career Wakeup Calls, doling out smart solutions to thought-provoking questions, might be just what you need to think outside the box.
When You Need a No-Nonsense Guide: @careersherpa
Want some tough love? Meet “career sherpa” Hannah Morgan, whose honest and open approach to the job search process can be a refreshing alternative to too much hand-holding. Recognizing the competitive nature of the professional world, the self-dubbed “impatient” Morgan wants you to find the position you deserve—as quickly as possible. Though she leaves most of the hard work up to you, she provides plenty of valuable expertise and guidance to help you along the way. Take a peek at Morgan’s blog for useful lessons such as 25 Habits to Break if You Want a Job.
The Seasoned Search Expert: @AlisonDoyle
If you’re seeking practical know-how from someone with loads of experience, look no further than About.com’s Alison Doyle. With a background in human resources and career development, Doyle is a prolific tweeter and author of articles that tackle subjects ranging from cover letter tips to social media skills to interview expertise. In short: she knows her stuff. Check out helpful pieces like What to Include in a Resignation Letter and Filling the Employment Gap. Doyle also shares her most recent posts over at @AboutJobSearch.
Great for Recent Grads: @lindseypollak
If you’re on the hunt for your first post-college gig, pay a visit to Lindsey Pollak’s feed for practical pointers on how to navigate the tricky waters of today’s job landscape. A bestselling author, consultant, and global spokesperson for LinkedIn, Pollak is passionate about helping Gen Y job seekers achieve their goals. Also check out her book, Getting from College to Career: 90 Things to Do Before You Join the Real World, where she addresses the all-too common millennial dilemma: “How do you get a job without experience and get experience without a job?”
If One Perspective isn’t Enough: @CAREEREALISM
Fan of advice from different angles? J.T. O’Donnell and her team of job search gurus at CAREEREALISM have got what you’re looking for. With refreshing insight on a variety of topics (Worst Face-to-Face Networking Mistake and How to Be More Likeable: 10 Things to Do Today are a couple faves), the blog’s arsenal of approved experts have made it their mission to educate job hunters and help you achieve professional satisfaction. “Because every job is temporary,” as CAREEREALISM rightfully attests, it’s never a bad time to bone up on your searching skills.
9 Others Not to Miss
Craving more career counsel? Follow these inspiring folks for additional pearls of wisdom:
Alexandra Levit, named a best online career expert by Money, “helps people find meaningful work and succeed once they get there.” Tweets include tips like how to manage multiple bosses and whether to gamble on the next business fad.
Editor and writer Anita Bruzzese takes on topics ranging from taking control of your career to avoiding workplace blunders. Recent favorite tweet: "If you've said the word 'bracket' more than 5 times already today, it may be a sign you need to get back to work. Seriously."
"Not sure what the hell your manager is thinking, how to ask for a raise, whether you might be in danger of getting fired, or more?" asks Allison Green. Luckily, she also answers all of those issues. Ask away.
Silicon Valley-based career coach Shweta Khare offers resources to help job seekers at any level find their passion. Recent tweet: tips for handling the unconventional job interview.
How do you navigate religion and work? Can you trash your boss on social media and keep your job? Award-winning labor columnist Eve Tahmincioglu tackles your trickiest workplace scenarios with sound and snappy advice.
We've already named her a great resource for interns, but all other job seekers will love her too. Look for helpful RT's from other career tweeters, plus her own content, like 6 Ways to Turn Off a Hiring Manager.
The tweets of Job-Hunt.org (don't forget the hyphen!) helps you find your next job through intersting job postings, expert advice, and the top resources from around the web.
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As The Daily Muse's Head of Social Media, Susan gains great joy from concocting clever Tweets and Facebook posts and brainstorming catchy headlines. A native Philadelphian and Penn State alum, she has a resourceful background in communications and graphic design. Susan was married in Vegas by Elvis, proudly sporting a $49.99 white cocktail dress from Tar-zhay. She also has yet to meet a plate of nachos she hasn’t liked.More from this Author