That was my thought after reading Matthew Forrest’s terrific blog regarding outdated or conflicting advice being dispensed by old-school career “experts”. Then it occurred to me that there are several resources and professionals on Twitter that we at YouTern have come to count on for quality career, job and internship content and advice.
You won’t find many of those we’ve come to respect on a “most influential” or “most followers” list (although we know some are). Simply put, we value quality over quantity – and substance over style or popularity. You also won’t find the types that ping all the time just to sell you something, or who are so busy self-promoting they forget to answer a question earnestly. Every person or organization on this list has shown us real character – and I’m proud to say that many have moved way past 140 characters to create wonderful business relationships – and friendships.
So, in no particular order and with great respect, here are YouTern’s Top 50 career-related Twitter accounts job seekers must follow for expert career advice…
@AvidCareerist (mea culpa!) There can be no “Top 50″ list of careerists on Twitter without mentioning a true original – and one of our oldest friends and supporters, Donna Svei.
@HeatherHuhman Multi-talented; always focused and willing to help.
@westfallonline More than a national elevator pitch champion (which he is!) – the real deal.
@ResumeDrEliz From the career center perspective, career advice doesn’t get any better.
@MaggieMistal Always excellent advice; a sincere and positive approach – a breath of fresh air.
@levyrecruits A member of the “no fluff” tribe; gives it to you (and everyone else) straight.
@BillBoorman It may be the English accent… everything Bill says is worth a listen and mention.
@BrazenCareerist There’s no better career community online; don’t bother to look elsewhere.
@DawnRasmussen One of our absolute favorites … always good information well articulated.
@Absolutely_Abby A genuine soul and teacher – always positive.
@CyndyTrivella An expert in her own right, and co-moderator of #HFChat.
@AllisonCheston A career expert, author and blogger – and highly valued advice for YoPros.
@CornOnTheJob A true recruiting pro, Rich’s #jobhuntchat is the best career chat on Twitter.
@blogging4jobs Rich’s partner on #jobhuntchat, Jessica’s the real deal & highly approachable
@FindYour1stJob Lesley is an amazing champion for young professionals – and a must follow.
@HireEffect A SoMe job search coach with a serious passion for networking.
@WomensAlly Diahann’s advice goes beyond gender – and right to the core of your job search.
@WriterChanelle Master communicator and purveyor of all things virtual (check out #GenYChat)
@DianaAntholis Founder of “EnterAdulthood” and a career change ninja.
@oppsproject Tracy is a terrific coach, friend & mentor – one of the best follows on Twitter.
@tombolt This veteran combines old-school knowledge, with social media & technology – winner!
@jengresham A fresh, sincere voice in the career space – you won’t regret this follow!
@GenYCoach A focus on marketable strengths, Brett is one of the best in the business.
@dashcoaching Author of “Learning to Leap” – the perfect guide to becoming employable.
@CareerBright A Silicon Valley job search expert (a “real” expert) – and an excellent blogger.
@JobHuntOrg Hands down, one of the most respected career guides on Twitter.
@careersherpa Everyone needs a guide on treks – and Hannah is a really, really good guide.
@AmyatCiti A welcome voice from the corporate side – and a terrific reputation on Twitter.
@TimsStrategy An “in-the-trenches” kinda’ guy – well worth the follow on Twitter and #in.
@MeghanMBiro Founder of Talent Culture and #TChat, a real pro that gives back.
@HRMargo Leader of #HireFriday and #HFChat… a winner, and a Twitter philanthropist.
@amyruberg A college and career consultant who “gets it” – and shares it!
@ed_han A great source for job-related information; one of the best wordsmiths anywhere.
@Keppie_Careers Terrific resource, a positive approach and more than accessible.
@PhyllisMufson A 25-year veteran focused on best practices; always willing to share content.
@bbenishek One of the best people on Twitter – and a source of incredible passion.
@ErinKennedyCPRW The “best of the best” in resume writing and strategy – a terrific author.
@CareerRocketeer A career advice powerhouse – and also a great Linkedin group!
@DavidGaspin Always loved the career advice… now he has a unique “job seeker” outlook.
@chattyprof A relatively new kid on the twitter career scene – and a goldmine of good info.
@ValueIntoWords An outstanding resume expert – consistent contributor on Twitter circles.
@MikePetras Another veteran using social media – and Twitter – to maximum potential.
@DawnBugni You have to appreciate Dawn’s no-nonsense, supportive style – we do!
@AlisonDoyle Always beneficial information for job and internship seekers at any level.
@debrawheatman A real pro, prolific blogger – and a willingness to share quality content.
@HeatherEColeman A renowned career/personal coach, speaker and SoMe extraordinaire.
Now, we know there are many others that could be on this list – and we certainly welcome your suggestions. Who did we miss? To whom do we owe an embarrassed apology? Who has influenced your career that truly belongs on this list? Please let us know, in the comments below. Let’s grow this list together!
About the Author: A passionate supporter of Gen Y talent, CEO and Founder of YouTern Mark Babbitt is a serial entrepreneur and mentor. Mark has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Forbes and Under30CEO regarding internships, higher education’s role in preparing emerging talent for the workforce and career development. Recently, Mark was honored to be named to GenJuice’s list of “Top 100 Most Desirable Mentors”. You can contact Mark via email or on Twitter: @YouTernMark.