I'm writing to share yet another success story thanks to the power of using social media as a tool for your job search.
A few months back,Jillian Walker(@jillianwalkeron Twitter ) connected me with a candidate who had sent a tweet to the masses, announcing that they were looking for an IT job in Calgary, as they wanted to return home after living in another city for a few years.
This particular candidate has a background in server support and network administration. I got in touch with them straight away, using Twitter to organize an initial interview between us.
The following Monday, I was participating in #jobhuntchat, a forum for job seekers to ask questions to recruiters and career coaches in real time, over Twitter. (#JobHuntChat was created byRich DeMatteo, known to Twitter as@cornonthejoband happens every Monday night from 8-9pm MST, and I highly encourage job seekers of all levels to join the conversation!) A question came up about guerrilla resumes and generally how effective they were for recruiters.
Now, I'm not a huge fan of guerrilla resumes. And my response to this question went something like this:
"I don't know about a guerrilla resume, but if a candidate brought chocolate to their interview with me, I would surely remember them!"
The initial intent of my tweet that night was to add a bit of cheek to the conversation that was going on. #JobHuntChat is a very fast paced forum, and one has to be able to read at the speed of light to keep up! I didn't think much more of it, until I saw a direct message from the candidate I was to interview, asking me what kind of chocolate I liked!
We had a great interview! I had an instant personal connection with my candidate, thanks to our previous interaction over Twitter. We talked about his experience, his intentions to move back to Calgary, timelines, and how we could sell his abilities to potential clients. Oh, and he brought with him the most delicious chocolate I've had in my time in Canada - unforgettable!
Fast forward a few weeks and my candidate has signed onto a 12 month contract with one of our biggest clients. He moves back to Calgary in a week, and starts with us soon after.
All because of Twitter.
So. I ask you, job seeker. If you're not joining the conversation on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Buzz - wherever, what opportunities are you missing out on?
Here's to your job search!
NB - Thanks Jillian, for helping to change someones career :) And thanks Rich, for changing lives every Monday night.
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