Think poking people on Facebook or retweeting #WINNING is more time-waster than economy-saver? It’s time to take a second look at those sites, and the job opportunities you could be missing by not following the right, well, #feds.
Federal agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service and U.S. Department of Defense are now posting job openings on sites like Facebook and Twitter and recruiters are actively connecting to job hopefuls, according to the Washington Post.
Which means that using social networks just got a lot more important, and critical, in seeing your way through today’s tough job market, and economy.
Just a quick sampling by the Post of the federal agencies recruiting on Twitter found:
From the Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Affairs: RT @vacareers VA is hiring! We’re looking for information technology professionals. Have an IT background? Check out: http://ow.ly/3GwQN.
From the U.S. Agency for International Development: Auditor: 11-0141-KD, Grade: GS-0511-13, Office: M/OAA Procurement Support Division:, Opening Date: 03/01/11, Clo . . . http://bit.ly/dGqKii.
And on the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Twitter account at “DefenseIntel”: DIA recruiting events updated for Feb 2011: http://go.usa.gov/Cbf.
And the paper found the agencies to be just as active on Facebook, including even the IRS, which had its recruitment team posting positions and responding to comments in real-time:
A potential job seeker named Samantha messaged the IRS: “This is a great page! I’m currently a 3L and taking the bar in IL this summer, next year I’m getting my LL.M. in Taxation, so while I won’t need a job until the summer of 2012 staying up to date about job opportunities at the IRS is invaluable! Thanks for this.”
The IRS recruiter responded: “Hey Sam, thanks for the note! Stay in touch. I will be posting any opportunities that come available. Chief Counsel has already done recruiting for Summer Interns and jobs, but they will be going back out in the Fall. They typically hire students who have done an internship with them.”
The findings are a good reminder to look beyond just social networking and game playing and take advantage of all social media, and technology, has to offer.
Tell us, do you use social media as a job search tool?