50 Twitter Users to Follow for Your Job Search

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Although Alison Doyle has done a nice job of starting to build a list of Career Experts and Job Sites on Twitter, I haven’t seen any “must follow” lists for job seekers. That’s why I decided to make one. The first half of the list consists of 25 people that I think that every job seeker on Twitter should be following, while the second half offers more general recommendations on what types of people you should be following to help your job search. The list is in no particular order, and it’s nowhere near exhaustive. If you have suggestions, I’d love to see them in the comments.

1. Willy Franzen (@willyf) – Yes, that’s me. I made the list, so I get to be on it. I do happen to run sites that help college students find entry level jobs and internships.
2. Jason Seiden (@Seiden) – Ok, so he’s my business partner in Found Your Career, but he’s also an expert on self-destruction. Do you want to self-destruct in your job search? Didn’t think so. Follow Jason.
3. Lindsey Pollak (@lindseypollak) – Lindsey is the author of Getting from College to Career and always has great insight into the job search process.
4. Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann) She has one of the hardest names to spell on Twitter, but if you want to get inside the head of an HR Professional, follow Laurie. Be warned, though, she’s Punk Rock.
5. Charlie O’Donnell (@ceonyc) – Charlie is the CEO of Path101, a career discovery startup, and a big player in the NY tech startup scene.
6. Alison Doyle (@alisondoyle) – Alison is a true thought leader when it comes to online job search. That’s why she wrote Internet Your Way To a New Job.
7. Heather Huhman (@heatherhuhman) – Heather is working tirelessly to provide great content for entry level job seekers over at Examiner.com.
8. Dan Schawbel (@danschawbel) – Dan is Mr. Personal Branding. He’s also the author of the soon to be released Me 2.0.
9. Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) – Tim wrote The 4-Hour Workweek. It has nothing to do with job search, but everything to do with productivity.
10. Ben Yoskovitz (@byosko) – The CEO of Standout Jobs, Ben is working hard to improve the user experience of corporate recruitment sites and make it easier for companies to communicate their recruiting message.
11. Scheherazade Mason (@sherryfm) – I’m not exactly sure how I should pronounce her name, so I just call her Sherry. She’s the Assistant Director of Career Planning at Bowdoin.
12. Ben Casnocha (@bencasnocha) – Ben may still be in college, but you need to follow him. He started his own company at age 14 and then wrote My Start-Up Life. Whether you want to be an entrepreneur or not, Ben is someone that you should get to know more about.
13. Susan Joyce (@jobhuntorg) – Susan has built up one of the most trusted job search resources on the Internet at Job-Hunt.org.
14. Ramit Sethi (@ramit) – Ramit is another young entrepreneur, but he’s also a personal finance guru. Check out his new book I Will Teach You To Be Rich and his blog at IWillTeachYouToBeRich.com.
15. Jacob Share (@jacobshare) – Jacob is based out of Israel, but he offers tons of job search tips at JobMob (in English) that are just as relevant here as they are there.
16. Jason Buss (@jjbuss) – Jason is the VP, Talent Acquisition & Diversity at Ameriprise Financial. Following him will give you a good idea of how major corporations recruit talent.
17. Peter Shankman (@skydiver) – Peter doesn’t deal directly with job search, but his HARO service is an exceptional resource for people who are trying to build their own brands.
18. Joel Cheesman (@cheezhead) – Cheezhead keeps a close watch on the online recruiting world so you don’t have to.
19. Miriam Salpeter (@Keppie_Careers) – Miriam is a resume writer and career coach who is constantly pumping out valuable content for job seekers.
20. Michael Arrington (@techcrunch) – If you want to work at a startup, you need to know about TechCrunch. Even if you don’t, keeping up on tech can only help your job search.
21. Jennifer McClure (@CincyRecruiter) – If you ever end up working with a recruiter, it will be good to have gotten familiar with someone like Jennifer.
22. Chris Russell (@chrisrussell) – Chris is always creating new projects to help job seekers. You’ve got Jobs in Pods, AllCountyJobs, Secrets of the Job Hunt, and JobRadio.fm.
23. Andy Beal (@andybeal) – Andy is the guy to know if you want to learn about online reputation management, which has become an essential part of job searching these days.
24. Jason Alba (@jasonalba) – Besides being the CEO of JibberJobber, a website that will help you manage your job search, he also wrote I’m on LinkedIn–Now What??? and I’m on Facebook–Now What???.
25. Steven Rothberg (@stevenrothberg) – He runs CollegeRecruiter.com, which ranks #1 in Google for “entry level jobs.” No further explanation needed.

Following all of those people will help a lot, but the true power of Twitter comes through connecting with people who share your interests and passions. Instead of focusing on specific people, this second half of the list will focus on the types of people that you should look to connect with on Twitter. Finding them may not be easy at first, but once you find one, you’ll be able to look at whom they’re following to fill out the rest of your list.

26-30. Thought leaders in your industry – You need to be up on the latest news. Find the big names in the industry that you want to be in and hang on their every word.
31-35. Local leaders in your industry – Whether you’re in
36-40. People who share a common passion – Although you may not be pursing a career that is aligned with your interests, you never know when meeting someone with common interests might help your job search.
41-45. Amusing people – You need to stay entertained. A job search can be depressing, so make sure that you follow some people who can make you laugh.
46-50. Real life friends – It’s easy to get caught up in social media and social networking, but make sure that you’re using tools like Twitter to connect with people that you actually know. It’ll help you keep things in perspective.

There are plenty of brands, job boards, bots, and other Twitter users that you can follow to help your job search, but we stuck to people for this list. We’d love to hear your recommendations, so comment away. (And don’t be afraid to throw your own name into the ring.)


81 Responses to “50 Twitter Users to Follow for Your Job Search”

  1. Dan Schawbel says:

    Will, thanks for including me. This list should get a fair amount of attention. I’m going to go tweet it.

  2. Great post and thanks to Dan Schawbel for drawing my attention to it.

    I’ve been getting an insane amount of hits since the last few days, since Mashable and Problogger linked to a recent blog post entitled “How to use Twitter to find your next job”

    Check it out here and let me know what you think.

    http://bit.ly/twitjobsearch

    @litmanlive

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  4. Jason Alba says:

    whew! I *barely* made it… just before Rothberg! Thanks for the recognition :)

    – jason

  5. Thanks for including me on the list Willy! (@CincyRecruiter) I’ve been a job seeker myself and try to communicate information on Twitter that will be helpful to job seekers, those working with recruiters and also other recruiters. I’m also interested in social media and personal branding in general, so my followers get some of that too. And I occasionally tweet about shoes… because that’s important too! :)

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  7. Sean Harry says:

    We may not be in the top 25, but another great resource for job seekers is @careercrossroad. We tweeter tips and tricks for job seekers.

  8. Alex says:

    Great post Willy, thank you. I’ve realized Twitter is a great tool to help me find a job and read up on some great advice.

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  10. Darlene says:

    Hi Willy, I posted on both my blogs. I added one to the list.

    Darlene
    Interview Guru
    http://www.interviewchatter.com

  11. Willy – thanks so much for including me! Will share this around — great list.

    Lindsey

  12. Karla Porter says:

    As a Recruiter and active twitterer I give this list a big thumbs up. There are many I already follow and several I will now, thanks! ~Karla

  13. Jason Alba thinks that he made it just before me, which seems to imply that he’s just a bit better than me. Well, Jason, I got some news for you. Willy saved the best for last. Just kidding. A list like this is a great service to job seekers, recruiters, and other Twitter users. Way to go Willy!

  14. Nice job Willy! I saw 10+ followers in the span of a few minutes and wondered what was going on. Now I know…

  15. Great list Willy, and I think people will appreciate the descriptions too.

    Stumbled for you

  16. Great list! How about adding @DailyCareerTips? I’m doing an online “as you go” job search guide and am on week 5. This week we are talking about resumes. You can see my 7 points here: http://www.susanstrayer.com/kaliedoblog and then each day this week I have been tweeting on a different point. Today is point 3: the title and profile on your resume.

  17. Willy – As I just tweeted, so sorry for not seeing this post yesterday. Fantastic list, and honored to have made it. There were 3 people I wasn’t following before and now am. Thank you for all you do, and I will continue to work tirelessly to help people find internships and entry-level jobs right alongside you!

  18. Sean Harry says:

    I agree, great list. I just tweeted again today. How about including @careercrossroad? We also tweet tips and tricks for job seekers.

  19. TabbyLeona says:

    I will follow you people for a while.

  20. Marissa says:

    Thank you so much for this list, it will help me be more choosy with whom I follow. I was laid of 1/29, I was working as a Document Analyst, which means basically I wrote corporate procedures, staff processes, training materials, customer-facing documents, and other technical writing for a Network Services company.

    Yeah. I know. Try to find *that* job description in another company who’s hiring support staff! In this market, people aren’t hiring support staff. Is this where I get to say “it sucks to be a writer”?

    Keeping hope alive… –M

  21. WD says:

    @sdbnjobs – San Diego biotechnology jobs from SDBN

  22. Great list, Willy! I just joined Twitter too, in case your readers are interested.

    http://www.twitter.com/alevit

    Kind regards,

    Alexandra Levit
    Business/Workplace Author and Speaker
    (708) 927-8545
    E-mail: arl@alexandralevit.com
    Website: http://www.alexandralevit.com
    LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/alexandralevit
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Howd-You-Score-That-Gig/41343467205
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/alevit

  23. Deanna says:

    Willy,
    Thanks for the great article. I recently took off running on Twitter and have been inspired by the extensive information about there, especially in regards to utilizing the site as a valuable job search resource. I’m currently on the hunt for that winning entry-level job and will definitely be passing the link along to others in my shoes!

  24. Great names on your list… but what about organizational tweeters? (I don’t really want you following me necessarily, but what about the most comprehensive career site on the Web?

    Should definitely be following tweets from QuintCareers.com: http://twitter.com/QuintCareers

  25. Thanks for compiling such a great list! I’m honored to be included. There are so many people on Twitter working to help job seekers. Once I start naming names, I can’t stop! I promise that anyone who follows me will learn about other career advisors and writers, as I do my best to retweet any great information that comes my way!

    Miriam @keppie_careers

  26. Hey willy, awesome post. I’m following new people. Thank you.

    PS – You misspelled my *first* name in the post, though (“Lauire”). I guess my WHOLE name is confusing, not just my last name. I should change it.

  27. Great list. Please add YourOnRamp.com (@youronramp) to your list. We’re a resource for women in career transition and offer a job board, online career coaches, events and inspiration.

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  29. Kelly says:

    Hello!!! Referred to your site from The Daily Bitch http://bitchyblogger.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/job-angels-on-twitter-and-twittering-to-barack-obama-about-helping-the-jobless-find-jobs-with-great-job-resources/

    Love this article and even though I have a job, I will be keeping a close watch because you just never know what could happen. Thanks for sharing this wonderful list!

    @KellyCoFro

  30. Mike says:

    Looks like we were a little late to make your list. @jobshouts is a free to post job board that integrates with twitter. Alison doyle has written about us on her blog at jobsearch.about.com. Follow us on twitter @jobshouts.

  31. The San Francisco Mobile 2.0 Meetup has recently put up a job board for listing in the mobile industry:

    http://www.sfmobileboard.com

    We’ve got a twitter account where you can follow in real time when a listing is posted:

    @sfmobilejobs

  32. Ryan Leary says:

    Great Post and very nice job on pulling your vision together. Twitter ahs really become an “everything” tool in leveraging social media and social networking. Listening is key and connecting with those that both create and push content can be crucial to your success online.

    Thanks for the great work

    Ryan Leary
    http://www.CruiterTalk.com

  33. Scheherazade says:

    On further reflection, I fear I shouldn’t be included on this list after all. Although I’m in the biz of helping people find entry level jobs, I don’t do so for the world at large, and my tweets are not of broad interest or full of general advice aimed for everyone. If you follow me thinking I’m going to be delivering lots of gems or job leads, you’ll be disappointed.

    My approach to advising student job-hunters is very individualized, and I work one-on-one with students across three fields of interest. If you are job hunting and don’t have a component of your job hunt that involves specific work focused on YOU, all the Twitter resources, “top 5 ways to maximize your resume” blog posts and other articles will be of limited value.

    I’m learning lots from Twitter, and hope to contribute to the career planning field beyond my college. I’m delighted by the vote of confidence by being included on this list. But my Tweets will mostly be interesting to people who want a tiny glimpse into life in a liberal arts college in Maine, which I imagine is a small few.

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  35. Me says:

    @AndreaSantiago – About.com Health Careers Thanks!

  36. Sara says:

    We’re on twitter! @RichmondJobNet for job seekers interested in careers in the greater Richmond VA area. Fast firing job leads, job seeking tips and reminders of upcoming networking events.

  37. This is a fantastic list and I’m featuring it at http://www.ramenrentresumes.com. Great advice for people to go beyond traditional job-hunting methods!

  38. @craiggoldberg for technical contracting jobs in NJ

  39. Karianne says:

    Thank you for this list! I have already learned so much from the folks on Twitter, and now I have even more people to follow!

  40. emploi cadre says:

    Very nice, i added every one, i dunno if it can be interesting for you http://twitter.com/qualjobs
    it’s a swiss twitter for elite job seeker, you get live jobs directly by tweet. they have some jobs in USA too but they focus on switerland

  41. Lilou says:

    thanks for sharing this valuable information. i will make sure to get it out to my youtube subscribers and follow these people as i have recently lost my job too, yet inspiring others to find a great job instead. :) much love
    Lilou

  42. please add a new twitter peep I just found: @jobangels http://twitter.com/jobangels helping one person find one job at a time – also twitter #tag = #jobangels (they are not a client, I just found them the other day and like the “pay it forward nature of their gig.”

  43. EmploymentGuide.com is also on Twitter! @EmploymentGuide is our national tweet account, and we’re adding local accounts every day! We regularly tweet about job fairs going on nationally, job search tips, and special opportunities for job seekers. This is a great list, even if we’re not in the top 25 (yet!).

  44. Socatra Karas says:

    CEO’s, HR professionals, etc, are all great but we all know that it is about connections. If you are following somebody, it better be an industry insider or an underground technologist that is a game changer. Follow somebody that can change your life. lots of suggestions not on your lists in helping you change gears but i like http://twitter.com/toddgilmore

  45. Anne Brown says:

    Hi Willy –

    You’ve started a great list. I just joined Twitter as well.

    http://www.twitter.com/GradtoGreat

    Best,
    Anne Brown

    http://www.gradtogreat.com/blog

  46. Ace says:

    Great list for anyone who is job searching.

  47. Maro says:

    Great list. I just got on twitter, @Juxtpose3. Thanks again for joining our site Willy.

    Maro, Founder
    Jux.ta.pose
    http://www.jux-ta-pose.com

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  52. Great list for job seekers and anyone wanting to learn more about social media, marketing / branding 2.0. I’ve found @danschawbel and @alisondoyle to be industry leaders and highly recommend their articles, as well. Some other great sources for keeping a pulse on industry trends, social media tips, branding, and marketing are @PRsarahevans @megguiseppi @brianwilliams @andyheadworth @mightycasey @madmain @nhatpham

    Thanks for sharing your list and recommendations, Willy.

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  53. Erika von Borcke (@evonborcke) says:

    As a current job hunter, thank you! I was aware of some of the people on your list, but you provided a great mixture, I am looking forward to following and interacting with everyone!

  54. Another Twitter user to consider : @iRelaunch focuses on strategies for returning to work after a career break for childcare, eldercare, or other reasons. It is run by Carol Fishman Cohen, who co-authored Back on the Career Track: A Guide for Stay-at-Home Moms Who Want to Return to Work and co-founded career reentry programming company iRelaunch.com.

  55. Chris Perry says:

    Great list all around! Please also consider @CareerRocketeer for more insightful articles, tips, tricks and secrets on career searching, career development and personal branding.

  56. LarryD says:

    Great list. I’ll need all the help I can get finding work and launching http://im-unemployed.com.

    I put them all in one place so people can easily follow with NinjaFollow.
    willyf,Seiden,lindseypollak,lruettimann,ceonyc,alisondoyle,heatherhuhman,danschawbel,tferriss,
    byosko,sherryfm,bencasnocha,jobhuntorg,ramit,jacobshare,jjbus,skydiver,cheezhead,Keppie_Careers,
    techcrunch,CincyRecruiter,chrisrussell,andybeal,jasonalba,stevenrothberg

  57. Chris Perry says:

    Willy, I have just compiled two lists that compliment this well, and I have featured you on the second one :)

    1) Where to Find Your Job on Twitter – the guide to and list of all the companies, job sites and career resources that you should be following on Twitter to find your job –
    http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2009/05/where-to-find-your-job-on-twitter.html

    2) 150+ Experts on Twitter ALL Job Seekers MUST Follow – the ultimate, definitive list of who you should be following on Twitter, including authors and bloggers of and coaches and experts in personal branding and marketing, career and job searching, networking, social media, resume writing and more – http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2009/05/150-experts-on-twitter-all-job-seekers.html

    I wish you all luck in your career search and development efforts!

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    This is a great list. Must have taken you a while to compile.
    I will link to this from our economic survival website – http://www.survivalinsight.com

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  62. Roger says:

    This is Awesome! You’re doing it exactly the way I explain on my website; you have the passion and insight to know how to make it in the worst economy of our time. We must take advantage of this opportunity–nice work!

    I’ve been unemployed since the beginning of 2009 and it ain’t pretty at all. Wife, kids, dog, mortgage–all of it. We can make our situation a horrible experience or a learning experience; chances are it’s a lot of both.

    I invite everyone to check out my experiences at http://www.theunemploymentor.com and follow me on twitter @RogerJHyman

    Hope it helps and supports you! Thanks!

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