Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies
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Twitter may become one of your favorite activities, posing the danger that you may spend more time on Twitter to the detriment of important job-seeking activities. So the following simple, ten-minute checklist can help keep your Twitter activities on task while maximizing your time online. Feel free to modify the list as you get more comfortable with the routine.

  1. Respond to any @replies in your Mentions column.

  2. Respond to any DMs (direct messages) in your Messages Inbox.

  3. Write an original tweet and share it with your network.

  4. Read through your timeline and lists, retweet what resonates with you, and @reply to engage in conversation.

  5. Add new, strategic people to your network and add them to an appropriate list.

    Use a Twitter directory and a hashtag search to help.

  6. Occasionally, unfollow people who haven’t followed you back. Likewise, make sure you follow back people who are worth your time.

    Use Justunfollow to analyze your network.

  7. Occasionally, DM strategic people you want to deepen your engagement with.

    Strategic people may be contacts at a company you’re targeting, a key influencer in your industry, or an author you admire.

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Joshua Waldman, MBA, is an authority on leveraging social media to find employment. His writing has appeared in Forbes, Huffington Post, Mashable, and the International Business Times. Joshua's career blog,, won the Readers' Choice Award for Best Career Blog 2013. Joshua presents keynotes, trainings, and breakout sessions around the world for students, career advisors, and professional organizations.

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