What is #JobChat? JobChat was created by Perri Gorman (@BeTheButterfly) and Neal Schaffer (@NealSchaffer) to serve the need of professionals and job seekers looking for advice on professional networking as well as how professionals can better utilize social media as part of their career management, personal branding and job search. Perri and Neal bring a unique combination of contrasting yet similar skills to the table to host the live chat sessions on Twitter: Perri is a former financial services recruiter and Neal a former technology sales and business development executive who also played the role of a hiring manager. Both are currently social media consultants helping both professionals and businesses on their strategies and implementation of marketing activities through social media channels. Perri is organizer of the Hong Kong Twestival and is known in Hong Kong for her Twitter workshops. Neal is the author of the award-winning and best-selling book on LinkedIn, “Windmill Networking: Understanding, Leveraging & Maximizing LinkedIn.” The two bring a wealth of diverse and rich experiences to the table to help facilitate real-time conversations through Twitter to help answer questions and generate discussions between professionals, including job seeker participants and thought leaders in the world of recruitment, personal branding, job seeking, and social media.
Part of what I preach about Windmill Networking is Paying It Forward to others in the belief that something, some piece of very trivial information or experience to you could be a godsend to others. It is also about connecting with others and helping them because you never know when you may be able to help each other out in the future. Even though my business takes me down the road of working more with businesses and helping them utilize social media, I always try to find time to help others in transition through blogging and speaking to local churches, groups and associations. How can I help more people in transition that want to use social media as part of their job search strategy?
Meet Perri Gorman, also known as Be The Butterfly on Twitter. I met her over Twitter, the way I have met many incredible people that have enriched my life, and although she was living in Hong Kong at the time we had a chance to meet recently in Orange County, California. We realized that we both had similar views on the importance of social media in our lives and set out to collaborate to do something that would provide value to people on a global basis. Our answer: #JobChat!
Perri is not only extremely active on the social media scene on Twitter and blogging, she is also the organizer of the Hong Kong Twestival as well as the creator of many Twitter workshops for professionals. She is also a former recruiter, so she can see things from the recruiting side. I bring a lot of experience of using sites like LinkedIn and blogging and speaking about social media as a strategic tool for your job search. Why don’t we come together and offer a weekly chat on Twitter to help as many people as we can with their job search? And so #JobChat was born!
If you are unfamiliar with Twitter and #s (called “hashtags”), by placing “#JobChat” somewhere in a tweet, it will be trackable by those searching for #JobChat. So long as we are all on Twitter at the same time and include “#JobChat” in all of our tweets, an open and global chat room has been formed! If you haven’t started using Twitter, please read my post on getting started on Twitter. If you’re already on Twitter and have never joined a #Chat, do not fear! It is really easy to do, and I plan to create a video to show you soon. In the meantime, check out TweetGrid, a service that allows you to create a grid of tweets to follow and also provides a way for you to tweet directly from the site. If you create a 1×2 grid, placing “@yourname” as a search term on one column and “#JobChat” as the search term on the second column, you will be able to keep track of all public and private conversations. It’s that simple!
JobChat, hosted by Perri Gorman and Neal Schaffer, will be held every Tuesday from 5 to 6 P.M. PST or 8 to 9 P.M. EST. The first JobChat will be held on Tuesday, June 22 in coordination with the Gravity Summit Social Media for Executives summit at UCLA. If you’d like to be a special guest on a future #JobChat, please contact Neal or Perri on Twitter. If you have any questions that you’d like us to cover on future #JobChats, please list them in the comments below! If you are a career expert, recruiter, or have other advice for job seekers, I hope that you will also join us and help in the conversation. We want to make JobChat as inclusive as possible for everyone to share their expertise and help as many as possible!
Looking forward to seeing you on #JobChat!