People tend to look at me with disbelief when I tell them that if it weren’t for Twitter, and more specifically the advent of social media, I would never have garnered a career in the field that I am interested in as soon as I graduated from college.
I began accessing Twitter through an iPhone application that locates other users in close proximity to you and shows you their tweets. This was important because it allowed me to connect with people in the area and discuss relevant topics. Fast-forward a year-and-a-half… I was in full swing in my first internship, but I had started to wonder how I was going to obtain gainful employment when I graduated in December 2009. I knew that I was interested in recruiting, so I started researching how to break into the field. I remembered that one of the people I followed had something in her profile about being a recruiter and having to deal with all things workforce related. What better way to get answers than asking a recruiter first-hand? After two direct messages, @Karla_Porter gave me her phone number and told me to call her. That single phone call landed me the best internship in the world. The most interesting part about it is that I had no intention of doing another internship, but after speaking with Karla we discovered that we had a mutual acquaintance: one of my supervisors for my current internship. Things then began to snowball.
@Karla_Porter took me under her wing in early August as an intern in the Workforce Development/Human Resources department at the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce. Karla knew that I was interested in becoming a recruiter and recommended that I start following some recruiters on Twitter, so I could follow along with their conversations and interact. After watching for a while I began interacting with some individuals on Twitter. After all, that is the design and purpose of Twitter: to interact and contribute with others whom you share common interests with.
It was not very long until I started receiving some feedback from @Animal about my username and information on my Twitter profile. At first, I was hesitant about his advice but finely succumbed when I realized that this guy really knew what is going on in the recruiting arena. It was not long before @Paris22 and @BillBoorman asked if I, now known as “The infamous intern,” would be on their blogtalk radio shows. Karla was gracious enough to allow me to take time from my duties at the Chamber to participate. It was on the @BillBoorman show where he allowed me to discuss why I wanted to be a recruiter, and my current manager at Whiting Consulting heard me speaking about my desires and passions about being a recruiter. We exchanged a few e-mails and after a phone interview, I was on my way up to Geneseo, N.Y. to have a face-to-face with @cvitello. The rest, as they say, is history.
If it weren’t for Twitter, I would probably not be doing what I love, and I would probably not have a job in the field that I am interested in.
The best part about it is that I never intended for any of this to happen, but I wouldn’t do anything differently if given the chance.
In conclusion, if you remember anything, remember that Twitter is F.R.E.E.:
‘F’ – Follow those who interest you
‘R’ – Re-Tweet items that your followers would enjoy
‘E’ – Engage those who you follow
‘E’ – Entertain your followers

If you can keep those four things in mind, Twitter can do for you what it did for me!

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Comment by Karla Porter on January 15, 2010 at 12:31pm
Keep it up Stephen there is nothing to stop you. You have a very bright future ahead of you with the intellect, will, hunger and skill to execute.. I'll be calling on you to be an adviser for the formal NEPA internship program. ~Karla
Comment by Stephen Moyer on January 15, 2010 at 12:38pm
Thank you Karla! Let me know, I would be more than willing to be an advisor!
Comment by Paul Bailey on January 15, 2010 at 1:56pm
Stephen, This is a great story. I would imagine we are going to hear more and more of these types of stories where people found a job through social media. I love the Twitter is F.R.E.E.
Comment by Stephen Moyer on January 15, 2010 at 2:18pm
Thanks for the feedback Paul! I feel the same way especially since a lot more companies are starting to realize and utilize the F.R.E.E. aspect of social media!
Comment by Hassan Rizwan on January 16, 2010 at 1:28am
Great one Paul. Karla did the right thing, to encourage talent to show up, certainly you have taken the right first step by acknowledging people who helped you indentify your career path.
Comment by Laura Vezer on January 18, 2010 at 2:55pm
Great success story Stephen! Thanks for the post - I'm going to forward this as an example to all candidates looking for work, that Twitter and social media can and does work!
Comment by Peter Lanc on January 18, 2010 at 7:39pm
what a great story and one for all to learn from. Twitter can be a social media and yet it can be much more. What you put in gives you what you get out. Great story!
Comment by Lynn Mounzer on January 21, 2010 at 3:32am
Great Story Stephen. I never thought that you can really find job from social medias. I think am gonna take some of your Karlas' advise for you and "start following some recruiters on Twitter, so I could follow along with their conversations and interact".
Thanks for sharing and Best of Luck.
Comment by Stephen Moyer on January 21, 2010 at 8:29am
Thank you Hassan, Laura, Peter and Lynn! I appreciate all of your feedback!
Comment by Charles Van Heerden on January 23, 2010 at 4:13am
Stephen, thanks for sharing this great story and best of luck with your career.

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