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This is the modern world

...and I've fallen so far behind...

At least, my LinkedIn is starting to work for me. People I don't know personally have now started to link in with me, and one or two have actually taken the trouble to point me to job openings. None very pertinent so far, but that's my fault for not properly defining what I'm looking for exactly. That'll be my task for the coming week then, and while I'm at it, I can stop giving out the impression that I'm desperate, as it's not currently doing me any favours.

Also, I keep being told that I should set up a Twitter-account as more and more job opportunities are being tweeted these days. But I'm not sure how this works and so I haven't followed that advice yet. What would I call myself, for one thing? What if I set up an account and I don't use it, as I don't use any of my social media-accounts except for LJ? I'd only be clogging up cyberspace.

So, I turn to you, oh flist, to tell me: Twitter -- a good idea, or a bad one?

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anonypooh
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
To tweet or not to tweet.

tis a battle I lost long since!

@Jules_J

I use mine less to tweet my own 140 character mini-rambles (although they do sneak through) but more to find out stuff!/prizes/offers/freebies/all kinds of info - I follow theatres, actors, writers, bands, local organisations... and if has been a gift! - several gifts.

And I'm sure the job opportunity tweets are just as plentiful.

Nothing to lose?
gamiila
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:38 pm (UTC)
tis a battle I lost long since!

Why am I not surprised? ::giggle::
anonypooh
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:42 pm (UTC)
...let me think.
enigmaticblues
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
My husband loves Twitter, and I have an account, although I don't use it often. I think that a lot of companies and people are turning to Twitter, though, and I don't think having an account would hurt. If you're using it mostly for job-hunting activities, I'd go with some variation of your RL name.
gamiila
Dec. 10th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
If you're using it mostly for job-hunting activities, I'd go with some variation of your RL name.

That makes sense. Thanks!
brutti_ma_buoni
Dec. 10th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
As a social media thing, I find it very tedious and shallow, but I do have an account set up for work, mainly for tweeting from conferences I attend. That's quite an interesting use for professional/networking opportunities and keeping abreast of new ideas in my sector. Though now the CEO of my organisation follows me, so I am very keen to keep twitter and the vampire porn separate...

Also, use a short version of your name when you sign up - under 10 characters if you can. That means people can retweet you without using up too much of their tweet space. (I speak from experience, having used my full name - 15 characters - before reading my org's social media guidance).
gamiila
Dec. 10th, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
That's a very helpful hint! My full name takes up 20 characters, so shorter is best!
suze2000
Dec. 10th, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
I've never seen a job ad on twitter, but I very carefully have not friended anyone I work with. Because LJ and Twitter are spaces that I have reserved to be places where I discuss things I don't want co-workers seeing (personal stuff like the miscarriage, my grief about Dad, or writing about how much I hate work or don't want to go to work that day etc). I friended a few on FB - but only the ones I trust not to repeat or take advantage of it.

The other thing is, you can certainly have more than one Twitter account, so if you want to set up one to find work and another one using for private stuff, that's also quite possible. That's where twitter apps come into their own. :)
gamiila
Dec. 10th, 2010 10:12 pm (UTC)
Good points, all.

I haven't decided yet whether I'll set up an account or not. Right now I'm too sleepy and it all seems such a bother...but then, that's pretty much how I feel about job hunting in general.
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