When a company called TweetMyJOBS hosts the American Jobs Conference via Twitter this month, it will bring together leaders in government, technology, business and recruiting to engage in real-time, nationwide conversations about employment with Americans of all ages on the micro-blogging site. Tim Pawlenty, 2012 GOP presidential hopeful and former governor of Minnesota, will deliver the "tweetnote" to kick off the July 19 conference.
"We cannot stand idly by while millions of Americans remain unemployed. I'm proud to participate in TweetMyJOBS' ground-breaking American Jobs Conference to help those looking for work find it using the most cutting-edge social media tools available today," said Pawlenty.
The goal of the conference is to raise awareness with job-seekers and small businesses about how social media can be effective in terms of recruiting connections, Robin D. Richards, the chairman and CEO of conference sponsor TweetMyJOBS, said. Pawlenty's tweetnote will be followed by a "tweet panel" and a series of career chats focusing on ways to use social media to enhance and expedite job searching.
"The American Jobs Conference will open the dialogue for recognizable change and we are thrilled to bring so many well-respected government and industry leaders together on one platform," said Richards. "Our goal is to raise awareness with job seekers and small businesses about how effective social media can be in terms of recruiting connections. Small businesses are the engine for job creation and social media opens new, affordable avenues for those companies to connect with job-seekers."
Attendees will be able to pre-submit questions and vote on the questions they are most interested in having answered. Tweet panel topics will include "Technology and Job Searching," "What is My Personal Brand and Why Do I Need One?" and "Tweet Your Way to a New Job: Job Search in 140 Characters or Less."
The hashtag for the conference will be #jobs4US with individual hashtags allocated for each session . For participants who do not have a Twitter account, each session will be assigned an interactive page online where they will be able to monitor and contribute directly to the conversation. Polls based on relevant topics associated with the session will be created in real-time.
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