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 Grab a Coffee, Support our Veterans, Find Great Jobs

Free Wi-Fi has been a staple at Starbucks locations across the U.S. for a few years now, and the content is getting better and better each passing day – with breaking news, music, and exclusive content available – all for free, through the Starbucks Digital Network.

And now, the Starbucks Digital Network will feature TweetMyJobs for Veterans - to provide innovative tools to help our heroes find jobs. We’re partnering with Starbucks to help find jobs for transitioning veterans.

Starbucks customers connected to Wi-Fi can easily navigate to the Business & Careers channel and find the integrated jobs experience, as pictured above.

60 million customers visit Starbucks stores on a weekly basis, and we hope that this integration helps those who are returning from their service and looking for work.

Starbucks continues to innovate, for all the right reasons. So if you’re one of the 60 million who visit a store this week, check out TweetMyJobs for Veterans, and enjoy your latte.

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Joshua Waldman, author of Job Searching with Social Media For Dummies, is recognized as one of the nations top authorities in Social Media Career Advancement. To learn Joshua’s secret strategies for shortening the job search and getting the right job right away, you can watch his exclusive video training.

By Joshua Waldman

Just this week, I received a letter from a blog reader who wanted to know if social media really was the way for her to find her next job, because she is of an “older” generation – her words not mine.

“What are your thoughts regarding Twitter as a tool to finding the next job? I’ve been hesitant to join and start tweeting (as I’m of an older generation and usually keep my private thoughts/feelings/opinions to myself) but I might just be limiting myself..? What do you think? Any and all suggestions, comments, best practices & critiques are welcome.”

Considering that this whole “generational excuse for not using social media” is coming up frequently, I thought I would address her question and help people new to Twitter overcome the resistance they might feel.

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Job seekers are turning to social media during the job search.

First of all, let’s put the whole age thing aside. I have Boomer clients who don’t tweet, and I have Millennial clients who tell me that Twitter is for old people. And between the two of those groups, over 100 million people actively use Twitter. The problem is that Twitter is a platform, and new users expect a solution. Using Twitter without a purpose is much like walking into a bookstore, grabbing a book at random, and then complaining that it didn’t help you with your investment strategy. This can get very frustrating very fast.

Having a purpose when using Twitter will help you avoid all of those people talking about what they had for breakfast or what song they are listening to right now. After all, you control who you follow. And if you are choosing to use Twitter to find a job, then the people you choose to follow will most likely be relevant to your industry and your target organizations.

According to a recent survey, over 8 million Americans found a job through a connection made via Twitter.

So to answer my reader’s question, yes, Twitter is a fundamental tool for the modern job seeker. Avoiding it for whatever reason (age, resistance), puts you at a significant disadvantage in the marketplace.

Here’s my challenge to you this week. Spend one week actively using Twitter. There are plenty of books, videos and articles on how to be active on Twitter. If after one week, you hate it, fine. But I’m willing to bet that you will have had a really good time. And who knows, maybe you will have met your next boss!

Editor’s note: To learn more about using Twitter and other social distribution and branding tools in your recruitment efforts, you can visit our enterprise solution page.

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Closing The Communication Gap

by Coleman on March 12, 2012

The highly anticipated February jobs report was released on Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and revealed the national unemployment rate held steady at 8.3%. The economy added 227,000 jobs in February and, according to some, is a positive indication of our country’s economic recovery. The BLS releases the unemployment numbers every month, but February’s figures are particularly interesting because of the political implications they have in an election year.

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Social recruiting helps to close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

Instead of addressing the politics of the numbers, let’s focus on the fact that our job market could potentially be recovering. After all, we’re in the business of connecting job seekers with employers and have been working tirelessly to build tools that put job seekers back to work.

Although the positive news is well received, there are still glaring discrepancies in our labor market – specifically, the 24 million Americans that are still unemployed or underemployed while 52% of US companies have trouble finding talent. This is a clear indication that the distribution model is broken, and it’s essential for companies  to continue to disrupt the status quo and close the communication gap between job seekers and employers.

The “Great Recession” impacted each industry differently, and some fared better than others. The reality is that all companies were forced to evolve and adapt in order to survive, and the same logic applies to how employers find talent. Employers must put their positions in front of as many relevant eyeballs as possible, and social media is the most logical place to start. Facebook has as many users as the entire Internet did in 2004 and Twitter is now growing at a faster pace than Facebook – the untapped talent pool in social media is undeniable.

The unemployment rate is just one indicator, and we’re also starting to see a shift from the “old” online recruiting model. Forward thinking mayors in Newark and Atlanta have already adopted new, social technology to help job seekers connect with employers, and the masses are beginning to follow suit.

Are you incorporating social media in your recruiting strategy? Sound off in the comments below.

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