Thursday, February 9, 2012

50 Hottest hashtags for Job Seekers

50 Hottest Twitter Hashtags for Job Seekers

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February 1, 2012
Twitter is like a window into the soul of America. It shows us faster and more accurately what is on our collective minds than any other medium currently in use. So it was only a matter of time, in a bad economy and a worse job market, that Twitter would be flooded with both job seekers and job offerers. The way they find each other is through certain key hashtags, the best of which we have laid out for you to help you in your quest for employment. Some of these will give you broad search results and take a while to sift through, but let's face it — you have lots of free time.
To Find an Employer
These are the tags to plug into Twitter's search engine to connect you with companies with openings.

  1. #hiring: Here it is, your No. 1 word to find a hiring company is … hiring.
  2. #tweetmyjobs: It's a pretty clunky phrase, but #tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so include it in your search.
  3. #HR: The folks handling the headhunting for the company will be from human resources, so go straight to the source.
  4. #jobopening: Now we're talking. This tag is almost exclusively used by people offering people work. Easy.
  5. #jobposting: "Jobposting" is another efficient tag to search, only it's used a bit less than #jobopening.
  6. #employment: Often listed along with #jobs at the end of a tweet, #employment is a major keyword used by businesses in the market for talent.
  7. #opportunity: There will be some quotes and other tweets that don't help you, but there will be plenty of hookups to employment opportunities.
  8. #recruiting: Search this hashtag to find not only employers that are hiring, but inside info on the recruiting techniques they'll be using.
  9. #rtjobs: Many Twitter users are there helping you out by retweeting job openings they come across.
  10. #jobangels: The JobAngels are a volunteer group working to help unemployed people find jobs, and they have a strong presence on Twitter.
  11. #jobsearch: Sometimes this will be the only hashtag a hiring company will use, so be sure to make it one of your search terms.
  12. #joblisting: Attention! I'm a hiring employer and this is my way of telling you that I've got a job right here just waiting to be filled.
To Attract an Employer
Strut your stuff and get yourself out there with these hashtags to help employers find you.

  1. #hireme: Don't beat around the bush. #Hireme is short, sweet, and to the point.
  2. #MBA: Have an MBA? Shout it out in a hashtag to direct employers to your top-shelf business acumen.
  3. #linkedin: If you're unemployed, you're no doubt already networking away on LinkedIn, so let them know you have a viewable profile.
  4. #profile: While you're at it, go ahead and tag "profile" too, and couple it with #facebook, #linkedin, #monster, or any other place your details are posted on the internet.
  5. #unemployed: It's what you are, so own it and let employers know you are totally available for engagement.
  6. #resume: If you're tweeting about your resume posted online, be sure to hashtag it.
  7. #CV: Curriculum vitae is basically a more fleshed-out résumé, but #resume is nearly twice as popular. Use both to be safe.
  8. #needajob: Thousands of the unemployed have tacked this phrase onto the end of their tweets in the hopes an employer will stumble across it in a search.
To Educate Yourself
These tags may not directly land you a job, but they will enlighten you on the latest trends in finding, keeping, and enjoying a job.

  1. #jobtips: By far the best search phrase in this category, it will load you up with more good job advice than you could ever read.
  2. #career: At half a million tags, searching #career will score you some job listings and tons of helpful guidance for your professional life.
  3. #interview: Hiring companies don't use this word as much, but "interview" and "interviews" are still helpful because they turn up a wealth of advice from fellow tweeters on making your best possible first impression.
  4. #benefits: Knowing what to expect in the way of benefits is a good weapon to have heading into an interview.
  5. #personalbranding: Do a search for this hashtag to find ideas and tips on selling yourself in the job market.
  6. #compensation: If you know the going rate for whatever you do, you are much less likely to be taken advantage of.
  7. #training: Searching for "training" is a good way to find great, free job training resources.
  8. #jobhunt: A search for this tag brings up mainly advice on job searching, but there will be a healthy smattering of job postings, too.
  9. #unemployment: This tag has been used more than 100,000 times by users tweeting about unemployment news, ways to combat unemployment, and jobs to pull you out of unemployment.
  10. #employers: They may not be tweeting about themselves, but plenty of employees and commentators are tweeting news and reviews of employers and their practices.
  11. #jobless: Curious about what's going on with others in your predicament? Search for this commonly-used tag and find out.
  12. #laidoff: It's the same idea as #jobless, except it has more of a sad connotation. If you want to commiserate with some other people about searching for that elusive job, this is the tag to search.
To Find a Certain Type of Job
If you don’t want just any old job, try searching these hashtags for that special placement you have in mind.

  1. #freelance: This is a hugely popular tag used by job hunters who want to leave the option of part-time, freelance work open.
  2. #homebusiness: If you're eyeing a job being self-employed, try searching this term for entrepreneurship ideas and tips.
  3. #greenjobs: Here's one for the truly unselfish people who put the environment before employment.
  4. #dreamjob: If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your life, search this tag and get some ideas of what other people would do if they had their druthers.
  5. #hotjobs: Hot jobs call for a hot hashtag.
  6. #consulting: Another in the potentially temporary job category, #consulting is a nice tag to widen your net and earn some income.
  7. #consultant: It might seem silly to use two tags that say virtually the same thing, but those three letters might make the difference in connecting you with your new employer.
Hottest Tags by Field
If you work in one of these industries, you are in a trending field, which could be good (lots of job listings) or bad (lots of competition).

  1. #SEO: "SEO" is another one that has been tagged millions of times by job seekers and tweeters discussing search engine optimization.
  2. #webdesign: Clocking in at nearly a million uses all-time, #webdesign is another hot topic on Twitter.
  3. #accounting: If you're an accountant, you are in luck, as job listings in your field pop up regularly on Twitter.
  4. #telecom: Telecommunications is another field with a strong showing on Twitter; it's been used in hashtags more than 81,000 times.
  5. #legal: We live in a litigious society, and the need for paralegals and other non-lawyers is increasing. It's a great career to consider because paralegal certification can be obtained relatively quickly.
  6. #lawyer: The number of lawyers in America has surged in the last 10 years, which explains why this tag is such a popular one in the Twitterverse.
  7. #industry: Pair this with another tag like #music or #hotel and you'll find listings and info on your area of expertise.
  8. #salesjobs: You don't have to pound the pavement looking for a sales job; just do a search for this popular tag on Twitter.
To Search When You Have a Couple Hours
You'll need to free up your morning to adequately search through these tags.
  1. #jobs: You've probably been wondering when this word would come up. The tag's been used all of 14 million times all-time, for everything from political discussion to job listings. Your best bet is to search it with another tag from this list.
  2. #job: Although it has registered only half the uses as #jobs (7 million), the singular version calls up more listings and won't take you as long to sort through.
  3. #design: Because it's a generic word, #design has been hashtagged a healthy 2 million times, so if you work in design be sure to supplement tweets with at least one other tag.

Friday, November 4, 2011

I Was Your Customer

I was your customer
Becoming unemployed I now find myself walking into different organizations trying to sell myself, but at the same time I am also interviewing your company as a place I want to spend my future and my money (your customer) in your place of business. How I leave those interviews affects whether I remain your customer and How many more customers I take with me. So how did you do? Sorry some of you did not impress me, as I did not impress you. I recently received a credit card from one company-but the way I was treated after the interview led me to cut the credit card up, I will tell my friends, and family exactly why they should not shop there anymore. In this day and economy, can either of us afford to lose that many customers.

What I see- Who should I go to? Who is best able to help me with my problem? How much will it cost me? How do I know that you can help me?

To help me with my choice of which retailers to approach, I look, firstly, at your appearance: Your stores: Are they clean? Is the receptionist friendly? Does it "fit" my idea of what a business should look, feel like and smell like? I look at how your staff is dressed and how friendly they are when they see me nervously sitting in reception. Am I treated with respect and offered something to drink?

I see the recruiter I am going to interview with. How is he dressed? Do I get a good feeling about him from the way he walks and talks? Does he show confidence and is he friendly? I am nervous. When I walk into his office, I look around the room: Is it clean and orderly? Are there files all across his desk … an untidy desk is a sign of an untidy mind and … will my file be just another one lying on his desk? I am looking for signs of genuine interest and concern.

Add value
As far as I am concerned, all retailers offer the same type of service, so what makes me choose you? I am  impressed by your store and all the work put into your branding, advertising and brochures. I love the use of words such as "quality service", "excellence" and "Customer Care". All these fuzzy words give me the impression that you are focused on providing me with a quality service and my interest of a company I would be interested in working with. However, I caution you: At the moment of truth, if you fail to live up to the expectations created, your efforts will count for nothing. You have got me into your front door and I am prepared to spend my hard-earned money and the rest of my life with you, so now I want the best service, I want to experience the "added value' that you speak about… I demand a quality service. I want to hear why you are “THE BEST”

Remember this: I am a fickle customer or employee, as are your other customers and associates. If you promise me the moon and the stars, then I expect nothing less. I will remain your most loyal fan for so long as you give me what I want and what you have promised to deliver.

Funny thing, our relationship. When I am happy, I like to tell all my friends and family, even complete strangers. I like to share my good fortune with others and I know that I am the best marketing resource for my professional advisor. I will do anything to convince my friends to refer their business to them and I know that they will build life-long relations together. I do caution you again: While I am happy to promote you, if you fail me, I am also your worst marketing tool. I can take a few mistakes now and then … we are all human. The way you handle the mistakes will define you and our relationship. Make continuous mistakes and don't learn from them, I will look to leave you and begin to seek out a new professional advisor. I also have the habit to extol the bad experiences I encounter with friends and family and, I'm sure, they will think twice before using you.

Fail me
As your customer and employee, I hold the power of your future. You will have to work hard in everything you do to get me and my friends there. Make sure that the expectations you create in your marketing literature, you can meet. I do not like it when I am looked down upon or made to feel inferior. Tell me about your successes. I like to be associated with winners!
I like to be nice to people because - well, that's the way I am. I can ruin your business That’s why I can sit back and laugh when I see you spending all that money on marketing and advertising to get me back, when you could have kept me in the first place:

With a smile, a few kind words …a nice note.. a little service .Think about it.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful. - Albert Schweitzer

The secret of success is constancy to purpose. - Benjamin Disraeli

Who can really define what success is? They measure it across a few areas. It can be career, health, spiritual, emotional, time or financial. As an example, one can be successful in one’s career but not emotionally.  

Success means different things to different people. For some, monetary reward is a measure of success. Yet others have multiple definition of success. I want to succeed in being happy and it would make me happy to have a legacy of people I left behind who are very successful. Most people think success is a goal. I do not. I see success as a process. Most people define success only in terms of money. I do not. I think success is a combination of things -- health, happiness, material prosperity, love of family and friends, wisdom, influence, and fulfillment.

Here is how I know someone is successful -- If you are able to give from your abundance then you are successful. If you are able to donate money, spread happiness, inspire health, propagate love, share knowledge, motivate people, etc. then you are successful.

For me, I value time with my family. However, my work requires me to work late nights and long hours. I will need to adjust my own definition of success. Which would take priority? Unfortunately my success has been happiness and that was defined as working hard and feeling good about what I got done.

Is it that success means doing what makes you happy or that you're happy when you're successful? I'm leaning toward the first response.

I wonder if one's idea of success changes if they never really meet their goals. Each of us already has a definition of success, whether we realize it or not. To help you find it out, just close your eyes for a moment and imagine how a successful person looks like. Is he rich? Is he famous? Does he ride a limousine? Does he have a lot of friends? Well, whatever it is, that is your definition of success. That’s the image you are after to make yourself successful.

When defining your success, remember this important thing. Success is a journey. It has multiple peaks and not one ultimate pinnacle. One success builds on another. Setbacks and mistake will also help you build success. At different periods of your life, success is defined differently. within any industry. When they achieve a certain level of skills and knowledge and are respected by clients, business partners and industry peers – I have achieved some amount of success as far as my career is concerned. So think hard about your own definition of success.

Overall, I believe that you know you have achieved success when you reach the end of your life and you have no regrets, no qualms or grudges. In psychology they refer to this as "ego integrity." It's probably safe to say that all people work towards this sort of end.

This doesn't mean that you can't make mistakes in your life. Basically,  however, you should have done enough over your lifetime to be at peace with yourself in the end.

There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. - Peter Drucker

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Quality of Search is Never an Accident

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – quote from John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) Success is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”(Just Changing one word)

I know, it is just one word, but how powerful is this! Quality and success are not that far apart anyway. There is so much value in this quote Success is the accomplishment, or as the dictionary says the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors. Success is the prosperous result of endeavors.

Without endeavors, there can be no success. To endeavor is, according to the dictionary: to exert oneself to do or affect something. An endeavor is never without direction, it has a goal, a desired outcome. Therefore, success cannot be achieved without endeavors and endeavors require goals, and then success requires goals as well.

 Goals are the result or the achievement toward which your efforts are directed. Success requires endeavors, endeavors require direction or goals, and goals are the desired outcome.If your life’s goal right now is to find a job, and you put all your effort to accomplish that goal, well then going to finding that right fit might just be called a success.

…it is always the result of high intention…
Intention: an act or instance of determining mentally upon some action or result. Therefore, success is the result of a high level of mental determination upon actions or results. What does this mean?

First, this means that you have to visualize what the desired result is going to be. What is the success that you are after? This is a mental process, imagine how life would look like if you already achieved what you want to achieve. Picture this in your mind’s eye, listen to the sounds, how does it feel? In addition, do this often to strengthen your vision.

Second, it means deciding upon taking action. You can visualize all you want and list goals on long ambitious lists, but unless you decide to take action, nothing will happen. Decide to do it! However, a decision to do something is not enough. You have to put in the energy. Action is the only way to get going and to achieve change! You really need to want to achieve your goals. I know, this sounds absurd, why wouldn’t you want to achieve your goals

  • Decide upon a goal
  • Check to see  if you’re willing to pay the price for it
  • Visualize what the desired success will be
  • Plan ahead and learned from the mistakes of your role models
  • Take skillful action and learn from the magic of role models Rethink your goals. Success is not about the magnitude of your goals, it is about achieving them.
intelligent direction..So you have set your goals, you have decided to take action and you took action. Now start planning. The goal is the destination, and this part of the quote is about how to get there. Many roads lead to Rome, as the saying goes, but there are many roads that are unwise to take.

Find role models that have accomplished what you are aiming for. How did they get from where they were to where they are? What mistakes did they make, what setbacks did they have? Analyze them and prevent them from happening to you. Also, look at what they did that made the difference that brought them closer to their goals and learn from their success. You are not the first to go after this, why make mistakes others already made for you. Search this knowledge and use it wisely.And while you’re studying how these role models achieved their goals, also find out how they did it. What did they do, think, feel, see, and believe and so on. Contact one of those people and interview them or take up an “internship” to see how they perform their magic. Trust me; it is not magic when you see it from close by. Magic is skillful execution, or skillful execution equals magic.
Not everything needs to be directly in the direction of your goal. There also a lot of supporting actions that set roads to achieve success and they are never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” What are your choices? To success-

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Effective networking is the tying together a group of individuals who trust and build relationships that become walking, talking advertisements for one another.

1.       Keep in mind that networking is about being genuine and authentic, building trust and relationships, and seeing how you can help others. It is a two-way street where all parties involved can feed and grow off each other.

2.       Ask yourself what your goals are in participating in networking meetings so that you will pick groups that will help you get what you are looking for. Most meetings seem based more on learning, making contacts, and/or volunteering rather than on strictly making business connections. Be sure you are involved.

3.       Visit as many groups as possible that spark your interest. Notice the tone and attitude of the group. Do the people sound supportive of one another? Does the leadership appear competent? Many groups will allow you to visit two times before joining.

4.       Hold volunteer positions in organizations. This is a great way to stay visible and give back to groups where you have received help. Offer feedback and suggestion to keep moving forward.

5.       Ask open-ended questions in networking conversations. This means questions that ask who, what, where, when, and how as opposed to those that can be answered with a simple yes or no. This form of questioning opens up the discussion and shows listeners that you are interested in them.

6.       Become known as a powerful resource for others. When you are a strong resource, people remember to turn to you for suggestions, ideas, names of other people, etc. This keeps you visible to them.

7.       Have a clear understanding of what you do and why, for whom, and what makes doing it special or different from others doing the same thing. In order to get referrals, you must first have a clear understanding of what you do that you can easily articulate to others.

8.       Be able to articulate what you are looking for and how others may help you. Too often, people in conversations ask, "How may I help you?" and no immediate answer comes to mind. Tell them what you have to offer-pay forward, what you bring to them.

9.       Follow through quickly and efficiently on referrals, you are given. When people give you referrals, your actions are a reflection on them. Respect and honor that and your referrals will grow.

10.   Call those you meet who may benefit from what you do and vice versa. Express that you enjoyed meeting them, and ask if you could get together and share ideas.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Inspiration of a 7 yr. Old Passion

To achieve anything in life you must first and foremost see the goal or dream having been fulfilled (achieved) in your mind and then all will come into focus to achieved those dreams and goals. All the best to you all today going after your dreams.I believe perseverance is a gift...effort is the verb, the proof...that you have that gift.Achievement really does come when you 'add' them together, right?
My Blog this month is not about what  is important in my life but about what other's dream in their life. I look to a 7  yr old boy this month and a recent article I read in the newspaper.He had a 5 yr. brother who had been attacked by Cerebral palsy . He had no use of his body or could not even talk. He  found a way to communicate by using his smile and desire for his brother's dream to do something together. The  7 year brother entered them in a contest involving swimming, running and biking knowing, if they were to finish it was up to him. The mother had doubts, but found a way because she believed in  Conner who said  "They could do it " . Sometimes I wish I had the courage and faith to think the only thing that is unthinkable is worrying about leaving someone behind (mostly myself). We can all learn a lesson from a young boy who is wise well above his years of 7 saying "if I put effort into it and say I can , then I can"  and  Cayden can too-- Conner Young 7 yrs old. Read the article-this is my inspiration. I now believe I can.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Networking for Life: You’ve Got to Kiss A lot of Frogs

Networking for Life: You’ve Got to Kiss A lot of Frogs: "A good friend sent this to me today and I thought I’d pass it on… I took a some liberty to change one word in this bit – “sales” to “networ..."