April 22, 2009 by Ryan
“Twitter, Twitter, all you write about is Twitter! What has Twitter ever done for you?”
Well…I got a job! For those experiencing the joys of unemployment in this economy, you understand, that’s no small thing!
Job Hunt in ’09
The job search today has changed evolved. While putting your resume on a t-shirt might be “cute”, it’s probably not the most effective tool out there. However, the internet has introduced so many tools (listing services, resume tools, networking sites, etc.) that it’s hard to know where to be.
I say the job search has evolved because, while we have all these shiny new tools, the fundamentals of finding a job remains the same: convey your value to employers searching for talent. Over and over I learn that, even though credentials and experience are essential, often actually finding a job is, “more about who you know that what you know!”
The People You Want to Know
Looking back at the best career moves I’ve made, all of them came, not through an application on Monster or even a headhunting recruiter, they’ve come through connections: people I knew growing up, knew from school, church, or work. Some individuals are fortunate enough to have vast personal networks they’ve gained from business school, or well connected families. Some are not. Have you ever thought about how small your world truly is? For some of us, it can be depressing how few people we interact with on a regular basis. Extending beyond that circle of friends and acquaintances can be difficult.
I’ve shared this quote from my friend Jordan Brown (@jordanbrown) before, “LinkedIn is for people that I’ve worked with. Facebook is for people I knew in school and growing up. Twitter is for people that I want to know.” That is a good portion of why I use Twitter. I’ve been able to build out a Twitter network that extends to every point on the globe and into tremendous varieties of lifestyles and expertise.
With the coming of Oprah (@oprah) and the hoopla surrounding Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) hitting a million followers, Twitter is on the cusp of widespread adoption by the mainstream. There has already been enough marketers spammers gaming Twitter for the most followers. The prospect of even wider reach will only exaserbate the problem. The question becomes increasingly important: “Why should I follow you?”
How to Use Twitter Favorites as a Twitter Resume
Everyone has their criteria that they run through to determine who is follow-worthy: number of updates, followers, first page of tweets, link & bio. Here is a tip I picked up that might help from online media strategist, Ari Herzog (@ariherzog):
Step One: Mark all tweets that endorse you with the “favorite this update” feature. Anything thats shows the value you provide to your followers, highlight the star.
The tweets that you’ve favorited are accessible to anyone who visits your profile. A page full of recommendations makes the decision of whether or not to follow you a little easier. I like this because it makes meaningful #followfriday mentions more valuable. This isn’t a widely known practice and it’s probably going to be overlooked unless you specifically draw attention to it.
Step Two: Promote your favorites page either in your bio or in your Twitter background. I recommend using your Twitter background so you can maximize the limited characters in your bio, particularly since that text is searchable.
What other things do you look for when deciding to follow someone?
Is this something that would help persuade you?
Update: If you are going to go creative with your resume, don’t do a t-shirt, do something like these:
30 Artistic & Creative Resumes
Photo by SOCIALisBETTER
Don’t use the URL shorteners! Here’s a nice short URL to this post: http://ryanscottmiller.com/u/a
April 14, 2009 by Ryan
I’ve read that the government can track you, listen to you on your cellphone even if it’s off as long as there is a battery in it. For some people, that’s one of the scariest things out there. Personally, and I emphasize personally, I don’t mind. For one, I don’t have anything to hide. Two, I using this surveillance to stop people that are dangerous is worth it. (Let the 1984 comments commence)
My point is, this is already out there. It’s done. It’s part of our connected world. Yeah there’s negatives, but there are also many positives (I love listening & watching educational & inspiring podcast & videocasts). But why let Big Brother have all the fun?
I have been a fan of Google Maps for a while and recently installed it on my new Blackberry Storm. After overlooking it several times, I noticed another option in the menu for something called Latitude. Basically it allows you to broadcast your location to a network of connections you choose. Here’s an fun little stunt the Google team pulled of using it:
Depending on how you want to view this, it can be seen as either very cool or very scary. Imagine citywide scavenger hunts! Imagine every one knowing where you live and when you are and are not home! I can definitely see both.
Ideas for Improvements
One good feature is that you can turn it on and turn it off. Turn it on when you want to broadcast and find others to meetup with. Turn it off when you are about to head home (before you get there, so you don’t lead everyone back to your house). I was discussing this with a friend on Twitter (@wmchan) and two ideas came up:
Maybe I’m in the minority by not worrying much about the “big brother” aspect of Latitude, mostly because it’s there whether you like it or not. But I think privacy features like these, or just plain common sense, can make Latitude relatively safe. My biggest problem right now is that no one I know uses it/knows about it, and so I haven’t been able to do much. I want to do some kind of TweetUp or scavenger hunt with it. I think it could be used for a crazy promotional thing for some local company.
What do you think? Too invasive? Too cool? Let me know if you would want to mess around with it and maybe we’ll have to do something.