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by Lars Schmidt
Jan 7, 2013

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Update: Here are the the six questions we'll be addressing during the #NPRTwitterChat at 5-6pm EST on Thursday, January 31. To join in, just follow the #NPRTwitterChat hashtag on Twitter. Then check back on the This is NPR blog next week for a post recapping the conversation and the tips shared.

#NPRTwitterChat Questions

1. How do I find a job using Twitter?
2. What benefits does Twitter offer job seekers over other social networks?
3. What do recruiters or hiring managers look for when searching for and engaging candidates on Twitter?
4. What are some best practices on using Twitter to network?
5. Do you think online presence will replace resumes?
6. How do I get a job at NPR or Twitter?


In my role as a recruiter at NPR, I've experienced firsthand some of the different ways social media has changed more than just how we communicate with each other. It has created new opportunities for candidates and employers to get to know each other.

From Twitter and LinkedIn, to Facebook and YouTube, employers and job seekers are using a variety of social media tools and platforms to find each other. These can be very valuable resources when you are job searching (whether casually or actively) to help you research companies and positions, build your network and learn about the latest developments in your field.

With so many social media platforms to incorporate into your job search, it can be difficult to determine which ones will help you be most effective, and most importantly help you land that perfect job.

Here's a new effort that should offer some help.

Later this month, the Human Resources teams at NPR and Twitter are co-hosting an online chat to help you get a handle on effectively using Twitter as a job search resource; and give you valuable insights directly from recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers.

The chat will take place on Twitter Thursday, January 31, from 5-6 p.m. EST on the hashtag #NPRTwitterChat.

Moderated by NPR's @NPRjobs and Twitter's @JoinTheFlock accounts, the chat will bring in HR colleagues and hiring managers from both organizations, as well as several leading HR social media experts to answer your questions.


Lars Schmidt is the Senior Director of Talent Acquisition & Innovation at NPR where he is responsible for providing leadership and advocacy for talent acquisition strategies that align with NPR's strategic mission and core values. He is the voice behind @NPRjobs and can also be found on Twitter at @ThisIsLars.

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