Twitter and Your Job Search: How to Filter the Noise

You want to get ‘out there,’ but you’re not interested in an onslaught of annoying messages. No fear. Use these 12 resources to cut through the clutter, fast.

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I recently watched a documentary called “Hear and Now” about a deaf couple who decides to get cochlear implants at the age of 65.

I couldn’t help but compare this couple’s frustration to the frustration many job seekers feel when they try to incorporate the microblogging tool Twitter into their job searches.

While the surgery allows the characters in the movie to hear, they are unable to process what they hear, and they find it difficult to translate the words they hear into their intended meaning. They can still only read lips, as they have been doing for 65 years, in order to follow a conversation.

Twitter can help job seekers “hear” multiple short messages (known as “tweets”) about job-search strategies and job leads, but it can sometimes be quite difficult to process so much information and figure out what to pay attention to and what to block out.

Unfortunately, many abandon Twitter quickly if they can’t get the hang of it and end up not taking advantage of what could be an excellent tool for complementing their job search. Below are some tools to help you better manage your Twitter account and remove some of the frustration that using it may provoke.

Research
Twitter Search is like Google for Twitter. Put in any search term and see what’s being discussed on Twitter.

Tweetscan works like Google alerts and searches tweets based on keywords.

Twist allows you to view popular trends discussed on Twitter or show more recent tweets on a particular topic.

Twubble lets you search who your friends are following and pick out others you may want to follow.

Twemes follows tweets that have embedded tags that start with a # character. This is particularly useful for keeping up with real-time activities associated with a live event such as a conference.

Twitterholic lists the top 100 Twitters based on number of followers.

These tools can help you locate other like-minded people who are discussing topics that interest you. They can also help you come up with content for your own tweets and find more people to follow and build community with.

Organization/Time management
Tweetdeck is a personal browser for staying on top of your tweets and peeps and connecting you with your contacts across Facebook and Twitter.

Tweetake allows you to backup your Twitter followers, favorites, direct messages, friends and tweets.

My Tweeple lets you alphabetize and manage your followers. You can easily locate and follow others and block followers.

TwitterSnooze lets you block tweets temporarily from your “verbose” Twitter friends.

TweetLater preps you to schedule tweets for future release, automatically follow new users and send automated thank you notes to new followers.

Twitsay lets you leave a voice message that is converted into a tweet.

Twitter can get very crowded and very noisy very quickly. These tools are great for creating efficiencies and ensuring that you are using Twitter to optimize its value rather than rob you of critical job-search time.

Barbara Safani

Barbara Safani Barbara Safani , owner of Career Solvers, has over 12 years of experience in career management, recruiting, executive coaching and organizational development. She is a triple-certified resume writer and author of "Happy About My Resume: 50 Tips for Building a Better Document to Secure a Brighter Future.”

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