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Is your Social Media “Social” enough, Try a Tweet Chat

Tweetchat  What does Social Media mean to you:

  • Posting on Facebook
  • Tweeting on Twitter
  • Updating on LinkedIn
  • Pinning on Pinterest
  • Sharing a photo on Instagram

These are the basics.  If you are lucky your interaction will include:

  • A like
  • A comment
  • A favourite
  • A retweet
  • A share
  • A repin

But to really get some interaction you just have to try a “Tweet Chat.” Tweet Chats are full of real people talking to you in real time.  They usually last an hour and at the end of it you are going “WOW, I can’t believe it is over”.  Thankfully most of them tweet you a storify (a web story of all the tweets) so you can find the things you wanted to remember or go over the information you missed.

You are probably asking, “OK, Why do I want to do this? What is the benefit?”   Tweet Chats are made up of people who share the same interests and/or want or need information about something.  It can be anything.

My 1st tweet chat was with #BizHeroes, moderated by Kelly Hungerford (@kdhungerford) and  Every week they have a business expert on different subjects.  This week’s expert was Kyle Akerman (@KyleAkerman) talking about Google Analytics.  Other chats have included “Mindful Curation” with Judy Gombita (@jgombita) and some great advice from Sarah Santacroce (@sarahsantacroce) on LinkedIn.   I am basically a “lurker” at these chats.  My philosophy is “Listen and Learn” and every so often throw I my 2 cents in.  Questions are asked, the expert answers and everyone else throws out their likes and dislikes for the subject.  Not only are the participants very helpful, but they are also super nice.  They like to chat 🙂

Because I have a huge interest in Social Media right now and am trying to learn as much as I can, I have joined #BizHeroes, #TChat and #PRProChat.  These are all business related chats.

On my list of chats to check out are:

  • garden chats #gardenchat
  • photography chat #photographychat

Do you have a business, medical or other how to? Well you can probably find a chat to help you with your questions.  There are literally 1000’s of chats, on 1000’s of topics.  Check the twitter list or just try typing into google “your subject twitter chats” and see what comes up.

Following a chat is fairly easy.  You can type the #subject into your search bar on Twitter and then follow the conversation.  This is a great way to see what is happening, but if they are moving quickly you can lose track of all the responses.  Try one of the dedicated chat rooms.  I use “”, and  “” has also been recommended to me.


The format is pretty straight forward.  The mediator puts out a tweet with the first question.  Q1….  The expert gives his answer with A1…., then everyone else pipes in with their help, retweets, favourites, etc.  This helps you to keep track of the entries that are pertinent to you.  Then after 5 to 10 minutes.  Q2? appears.  Normally in the hour there are around 6 questions,  with lots of comments.

Most chats run about an hour.  Some groups get together every week on the same day at the same time.  Others chat once a month.  Be sure to check out the timezone.  Chats are run all around the world.

Yes you can multitask while following along.  I have definitely had to pop in and out while formatting resumes.  You can usually catch up very quickly.


 happyfacehanddrawn Give it a try, Don’t be shy!!!.  They aren’t all business-like, and the people do like to chat.  You will laugh.  Grab a coffee, tea, and your mouse and get ready for the fastest hour of your week.


Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment.  Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!


5 Easy to Correct Resume Mistakes


Lynne Carlson is an expert in all things recruitment. Her expertise has helped countless people find fantastic employment, and she is our guest Blogger today!

Take her advice to heart – some people pay for advice this fantastic.

5 Easy to correct Resume Mistakes


How hard can it be to write a resume? You’d be surprised how many resumes I see everyday with these 5 errors that are so easy to correct.

Stop using First Person/Third Person. 


  • Your name is at the top of the resume, the last thing the recruiter wants to do is read that “I did this” or “I was”.  The only thing worse than this is “John did this” or “Mr. Smith did that”.  Your name is at the top of the resume, it doesn’t have to be in the body of the resume.
  • Replace the nouns with ACTION WORDS.  Completed, Increased, Decreased, Improved, Mentored, Trained – to name just a few.  There are a number of websites out there with 100’s of action words to choose from, try this one if you’re stuck ActionWords

Aging yourself.   


Age discrimination happens.  Make sure you don’t fall into the too old pile of discarded resumes. You need to get to the interview stage before hitting the reject pile.  So a couple of simple things to do

  • If you graduated before 1990, leave the date off of your degree/diploma.  Just put in the school and your program
  • Any positions more than 20 years old, list under a blanket “Previous Positions”.  List these companies and positions, but leave off the dates.

List your Achievements not your Duties/Responsibilities:


Your duties/responsibilities are basically the job description.  Employers want to know how you excelled at your duties, “what did you achieve while in this position”.

  • Get rid of the line “Duties include” or “Responsibilities include”.  Don’t even put down “Achievements include”.  Just list your achievements.
  • How did you go above and beyond your duties/responsibilities.
  • What did you do that improved the processes?
  • Did you find problems within the system that you were able to correct to increase productivity?
  • Did systems run smoother because of your attention to detail?
  • Did you help your employer to:  save/make money, save time, attract/retain customers, improve customer service.

Not tuning your Resume to the Job Posting:

Before sending out your resume, fine tune it to the Job Posting.  If the job posting is looking for specific details then make sure they are in the resume and easy to find.  Don’t bury things on the 3rd page that are critical to the posting.

  • Profile:  This is a great place to list specific qualifications and skills that they are looking for:  Five years experience working with Java, J2EE in the financial industry.
  • Education:  if they are looking for a degree or certification then put it on the first page where they can see it at a glance.
  • Technologies:  again if they are asking for specific technologies then put it on the first page under a “Technology” category.
  • Key Words:  It seems to be key words are all resume writers talk about nowadays.  They are that important.  So use them, read the job posting and use it to help fine tune your resume.

Layout – keep it simple

  • Profile, Education, Technologies, Experience.  These 4 headings cover everything you need on your resume that an employer wants to see/read.
  • Use a clean and professional layout.  No boxes, no pictures, no logos.  Employers scan 100’s of resumes a day, the last thing they want to do is have to find key information in amongst all the pretty graphics.
  • ATS systems don’t necessarily look for MicroSoft logos, but they will look for MCSE, MicroSoft, etc.  If you just put the logo in, it may get overlooked.
  • Converting documents from different systems can leave off information if it is not in a simple format.  I have seen boxes in Word get copied over to Lotus Notes without the information inside the box.  Usually you put this information in the box because you feel it is important.  Well guess what, it wasn’t copied over and now can’t be found by the search system.
  • Clean, white background, black type, bold, CAPS, italics (if you have to).
  • Easy to read font – tahoma, arial, 10 pt, no smaller than 12 pt (think of the reading glass generation)
  • Yes I know the above sounds boring, but it is effective.
Good Luck Job Hunting