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Can Twitter land you a job?

Posted Apr 11, 2013 6:20 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Some job recruiters are using Twitter to find and research job candidates. And some applicants are using the social network to summarize their resumés in 140 characters or less.

The Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) offers some examples, mostly in media and marketing. The network-infrastructure firm Enterasys, for example, filled a position in social media marketing using Twitter only. Candidates had to have 1,000 active Twitter followers. NPR posts job openings, career tips and work culture at @NPR. Two new people hired at the company last year had learned of the jobs through Twitter.

The article includes some advice for job-seekers who want to leverage their Twitter expertise. The recommendations include: Follow companies where you might want to work, retweet and converse with employees and hiring managers at target companies, and create a 140-character resumé. Also consider creating a six-second video touting your skills using Twitter’s new video program called Vine.

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