Twitter for Job Seekers – The Movie! Ok, Not Really,The Audio.

Yesterday my interview with about using Twitter for job searching aired via an internet stream. Many people listen to internet radio and sites like provide listeners with a way to find cool radio stations. bills itself as the “Daily Podcast All About Twitter.” If you are interested in social media, is an interesting way to stay on top of twitter related news.(Yes, there’s that much news.) The hosts, Bo Bennett and Ryan Levesque, keep it interesting, light and informative.

Time Magazine’s June 15th cover story titled “How Twitter Will Change the Way We Live,” outlines how the 140 character communication tool represents a revolution. Many people became aware of twitter during the uprising following the Iran election. The Iranian government announced that the incumbent leader had ‘won’ the election but the Iranian people thought the results had been rigged. Iran ejected all journalists. Ordinary citizens armed with cell phones sent live photos of the protests in the streets via twitter. No news channel had photos, only twitter. The The Iranian government couldn’t stop the flow of photos from reaching the outside. The world watched while the Iranis took to the streets in protest.

The fundamentals of twitter; social networking, live sharing and sharing links to articles, websites, photos, videos, etc. make it a very useful tool for job seekers. Companies are going directly to twitter to post jobs. Why? Not only is it free, but by advertising there, only candidates who already understand social media/twitter will see them.

I have spoken to over a thousand job seekers about using twitter as part of their search; most of whom have never even tried twitter. Some get it right away; some are outspokenly skeptical and negative. “I don’t want to spend my time reading what someone had for lunch.” They’ve never been on twitter, but they’re already sure it’s not for them. By the time we finish our discussion, the skeptic is a believer. No one is saying you have to use Twitter for your job search. But I suggest you don’t judge it until you understand it.

For a list of twitter resources for job hunters including links to a beginning twitter eBook, videos, websites, blogs, and people to follow on Twitter, please email me at

To listen to my interview, go to:

Twooting Episode #0064: Now Twitter Really Means Business!
Thursday, July 30th 2009 @ 2:36 PM
Click on the arrow that points to the right. The audio will start. Put your cursor over the gray box that appears on the timeline, my interview starts at 32:00 minutes.

Fall Down, Make a Mess and Occasionally, Break Something

When’s the last time you truly made a mess? When’s the last time you failed at something? Having trouble thinking of something? Read on.

I recently came across a blog post called, “25 Life Lessons for My Daughter.”

I liked it so much I sent it to several of my friends. The author, MetroDad, offers great thoughts for mental munching.

London Bridge is falling down…
My friend became a grandfather last year and the baby is learning to walk. She falls down all the time and every time she simply gets back up again. As I watch her I think, if I’m not goofing up, I’m probably not taking enough risks. The older I get, the fewer risks I want to take.  But I make myself find ways to stretch. It’s what keeps me interested and I hope, interesting.

A few years ago, I decided to try downhill skiing (snowy clime and all…). First time was great. The second time I fell off the chair lift and fractured my pelvis. (Yeah, ouch.)  As I looked back, I thought oh well, I’ll just cross country ski and I do. Sometimes I fall, but not from the chair lift.

Messing up…
My sister wanted to take this painting class and she wanted me to go with her. She can paint, I can’t. I think she wanted me to go so she could make fun of me. I went, she laughed and so did I. I learned that I could have a lot of fun with paints. I don’t have to make beautiful pictures. I can just be messy, creative and open my mind.

Looking back…

I focused on 3 key messages with my own kids. I:

  • nagged them about hand written thank you notes
  • reminded them that life is short, so be grateful every day
  • helped them to understand that the best gift they could give themselves was to earn a living doing something they love

For those of us who are looking for work, I challenge you to find ways to ‘fall down’ and ‘mess up.’ If you need to borrow the paints, just give me a call.

Read this great post at:

Why Fishy Handshakes Stink. What Your Handshake Says About You.

Your challenge today is to think about how you shake hands. I know, you’re thinking, oh brother, she must be hard up for a post. No, not at all. The next 5 times you shake hands, think about what you’re doing.

We all know that the initial impression we make on people is critical to how they perceive us, particularly when we are in a job search. So it’s not just a matter of our clothes, hair and fingernails. It also has to do with how we carry ourselves, whether or not we make eye contact, our smile and yes, our handshake.

As a woman working in a man’s world for 20 years, I can tell you that the way a man shakes my hand says a great deal about how he perceives me (and perhaps women in general, but maybe it’s people in general). As a youngster, I was taught to walk confidently into a room, make eye contact with individuals, even adults and to give a firm handshake accompanied with a smile. My mother wasn’t a business person, but she knew good manners and I’m fortunate that she drilled them into me.

I was taught to avoid the following kinds of handshakes, the:

  • Dead Fish – ick, it’s all folded over and just lays there
  • Pump – no, up and down, up and down, one pump is plenty
  • I’m Stronger Than You Are – pressure way too hard for the other person
  • Sorry You’re a Girl – a wimpy little handshake that says,” I don’t take you seriously”

There are, of course, exceptions. If I have a cold, I make sure I tell the other person that I am not shaking hands due to illness. The momentary awkwardness of saying that I am not shaking hands today, is immediately forgotten with a grateful sigh.  Please don’t shake my hand and then take out a tissue and blow your nose. Really. I think your mother raised you better than that.

Fishy handshakes stink!

Fishy handshakes stink!

“Crazy Busy” – Remembering the Value of a Smile

I’m not an early adopter of technology. Left to my own devices, I’d probably still have a rotary phone. Many social media people are early adopters and I’m grateful to them. These tech pioneers have made my life infinitely easier on many fronts. When it comes to the working world however, I’ve made my adjustments:  I learned voice mail, email and now I even use twitter. On my journey to be more ‘connected’ by using social media, sometimes I wonder if I’m less connected. Perhaps you can relate…

So what’s a person to do? Somehow we need to find a balance between keeping up with the latest technology and communicating as humans. I have a friend who jokes that he sometimes thinks about using a kitchen timer when he’s twittering and blogging to make sure he doesn’t spend too much time in cyberspace! And he’s a technical guy who’s used to spending long hours on his computer. Fundamentally, he understands that technology is not an end in itself; it’s only one way to connect. Anyone who’s ever used Skype (free internet phone calling software) to call a loved one overseas or a webcam to see their new grandchild knows how compelling these new gadgets are.

Many of us who twitter, automatically follow people who live in Rochester. Why? Because this is our community. It’s ours to enjoy and our responsibility to help it to flourish. No matter what we do for a living or how we spend our free time, finding new ways to allow life’s serendipitous twists and turns to bring us together with others, often for the greater good, is part of the joy.  It’s a real pleasure to finally meet someone who you only know ‘electronically’. Recently, I attended the Social Media Club of Rochester “meet up” (yes, we meet live) and ran into several people I follow on twitter that I had never met before. We already knew each other in a way and our ‘electronic’ exchanges enhanced our meeting.

In the end, the hope of social media is for us to connect in ways that build community and trust.  I encourage us all to think about how we connect – how much time do I spend online vs. face-to-face ? Striking a balance can enrich us in unpredictable ways. Never underestimate the power of eye contact, laughter and a smile.

Not busy enough? Want to read more?  “Crazy Busy” by Dr. Edward  Hallowell.