Can writers find jobs on Twitter, LinkedIn, or Facebook?


There’s no magic way to find a job, especially in our current world economy, but Jist Works’ THE TWITTER JOB SEARCH GUIDE by Susan Britton Whitcomb, Chandlee Bryan, and Deb Dib is a fairly good resource. Released this month, it’s a well-researched guide to using Twitter, and one of the ways Twitter is used is to find employment. I wonder how many people actually hook up with a gig via Twitter, Facebook, LinkIn, or any other social media.

About The Twitter Job Search Guide Authors

Susan Whitcomb (@susanwhitcomb)as founder of Career Coach Academy, claims to have helped thousands of job seekers find success and to have trained hundreds of other career coaches. She has, she says, authored many best-selling books, including RESUME MAGIC, JOB SEARCH MAGIC, AND INTERVIEW MAGIC. She has a niche and a platform. She’s classifies herself as a personal branding expert.

Chandlee Bryan (@chandlee) is the president of a career management firm, a job search expert, and social media evangelist, according to the book liner notes. Her past experience includes recruiting, career counseling, and consulting. She has a relatively high profile among social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and some personal blogs.

Deb Dib (@ceocoach) is described as a “careers industry trend leader, communications expert. She’s a career coach, and the jacket notes list some other marketing-ese about her skills.

About the Twitter Job Guide

Those who aren’t excited about marketing jargon, coaching, and jumping on bandwagons may not be bowled over by the origins of this book project, but it must be said that there are some useful nuggets in THE TWITTER JOB SEARCH GUIDE. For readers who are social media novices, much space is dedicated to explaining the phenom, especially Twitter and how to use it. The step-through of how to set up your Twitter profile, complete with graphics and bling is worth a look. Those who have a measure of proficiency with Twitter will find that material skip-through-able.

The Guide is not unlike many books on how to find a career, period, Twitter or no. There’s a lot of common sense, resume advice, how to describe yourself in marketing terms, and so forth. Some of the appendices are worthwhile. You’ll find lists of relevant Internet gurus, job board recommendations, and comments from a dozen or so successful tweeters (those who engage on Twitter.)

Bottom line

This book is very much an exploitation of the current rising popularity of networking via social media sites and will give the novice to intermediate user a leg up here and there. It is well organized, written in a bright, breezy kind of voice, and not inaccurate. However, read it quickly since social media changes week to week and you never know how long web and email addresses will be viable. If you’re looking for work in this economy and feel like you just don’t know where to begin, this book might crystallize your thinking and get your feet moving one in front of the other.


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