At YouTern, we help answer that question by providing our Top 100 “MUST Follow” Twitter accounts for 2012!
You may not find many of those we’ve come to respect on a “Most Influential” list (although we know some are). That’s because – like you – we value quality over quantity. No self-promoters. No salespeople. Every person or organization on this list has shown us real character – and we’re proud to say that many have moved way past 140 characters and into wonderful business relationships – and friendships.
So, in alphabetical order and with great respect, here are YouTern’s Top 100…
@abbynicole1204 An up-and-comer in the social media and career space… and a must follow.
@Absolutely_Abby A genuine soul and teacher – always positive.
@AlisonDoyle Always beneficial information for job and internship seekers at any level.
@AllisonCheston A career expert, author and blogger – and highly valued advice for YoPros.
@AmyatCiti A welcome voice from the corporate side – and a terrific reputation on Twitter.
@amyruberg A college and career consultant who “gets it” – and shares it!
@AndyInNaples A true authority in the space; highly respected among career colleagues
@AngelaMaiers Amazing blogger, educator and author with a focus on education and learning.
@animal A veteran recruiter; you may not like how he says it, but he is rarely 100% wrong.
@AnneMessenger One of our favorites – a consistent contributor and giver on Twitter chats.
@askamanager Alison delivers excellent advice for careerists of all ages.
@bbenishek One of the best people on Twitter – and a source of incredible passion.
@BillBoorman It may be the English accent… seems everything Bill says is worth a listen.
@blogging4jobs Co-founder of #jobhuntchat, Jessica is the real deal & highly approachable.
@BrandKitCo Personal branding and career prep for students, recent grads and young pros.
@BrazenCareerist There’s no better career community online.
@CareerBright A Silicon Valley job search expert (a “real” expert) – and an excellent blogger.
@careercoachtina More than experienced college career counselor, a great Twitter contributor
@careerdiva Always great stuff from this “Top 10 Job Tweeter” and MSNBC columnist
@CareerRocketeer A career advice powerhouse – and also a great Linkedin group!
@careersherpa Everyone needs a guide on treks – and Hannah is a really, really good guide.
@chattyprof A fresh face on the twitter career scene – and a goldmine of good info.
@CoachJennie Full of moxie and audacity, Coach Jennie is a true original!
@CornOnTheJob A true recruiting pro, Rich’s #jobhuntchat is the best career chat on Twitter.
@CyndyTrivella An expert in her own right, and co-moderator of #HFChat.
@DanaLeavy A career coach with an entrepreneurial mindset – a terrific combination!
@dashcoaching Author of “Learning to Leap” – the perfect guide to becoming employable.
@DavidALee From the job seeker perspective, it doesn’t get any better than David.
@DawnBugni You have to appreciate Dawn’s no-nonsense, supportive style – we do!
@DawnRasmussen One of our absolute favorites … always good information, well-articulated.
@debrawheatman A real pro, prolific blogger – and a willingness to share quality content.
@DianaAntholis Founder of “EnterAdulthood” and a career change ninja.
@digibloomwest A talent expert, amazing social media connector and a good soul.
@DrJanice Dr. Janice is a firecracker that gets it… and shows it in a fun, authentic way.
@ed_han A great source for job-related information; one of the best wordsmiths anywhere.
@emilybennington An amazing person & coach; blogger for Forbes, Monster and more.
@ErinKennedyCPRW The “best of the best” in resume writing and strategy – a terrific author.
@FindYour1stJob Lesley is an amazing champion for young professionals – and a must follow.
@gaylehoward Old-school advice in a no-nonsense style; the world needs that.
@GenYCoach A focus on marketable strengths, Brett is one of the best in the business.
@HeatherEColeman A renowned career/personal coach, speaker and SoMe extraordinaire.
@HeatherHuhman Multi-talented; always focused and willing to help.
@HireEffect A SoMe job search coach with a serious passion for networking.
@hireimaging Considered one of the best for advice from college grads to C-level executives.
@HRMargo Leader of #HireFriday and #HFChat… a winner, and a Twitter philanthropist.
@interviewangel A tangible approach to the job search… and quite effective for many.
@InterviewIQ Australia’s most connected career blogger – engaging soul through social media.
@JacobShare A highly respected job search expert and blogger with a giving spirit.
@JeffWaldmanHR A pioneer in the use of social media in HR – and one of our favorites.
@jengresham A fresh, sincere voice in the career space – you won’t regret this follow!
@JobHuntOrg Hands down, one of the most respected career guides on Twitter.
@juliewalraven A well-respected expert who understands what job seekers need to succeed.
@justcoachit A positive, inspiring mindset makes Irene a great asset to the career community.
@KarenGirardCCDP Great advice and coaching tips, well told, for job seekers of all ages.
@Keppie_Careers Terrific resource, a positive approach and more than accessible.
@KevinWGrossman Co-founder of #TChat, blogger and communicator… we love Kevin’s style.
@levyrecruits A member of the “no fluff” tribe; gives it to you (and everyone else) straight.
@lindseypollak Blogger, expert, speaker, author and Gen Y supporter… simply the best.
@louise_fletcher A unique style and great blogger – Louise is sure to help your job search.
@MaggieMistal Excellent advice; a sincere and positive approach – a breath of fresh air.
@markadyson Infectious, passionate advice for the job seeker – truly a unique approach.
@MRGottschalk An excellent blogger and career expert; Marla consistently delivers.
@megguiseppi For the more seasoned veteran or executive – and those who will be someday.
@MeghanMBiro Founder of Talent Culture and #TChat, a real pro that gives back.
@MelBenwell A working recruiter who blogs, supports and educates job seekers – excellent!
@melissajoykong Editor-in-Chief at StudentBranding.com and a rockstar blogger.
@MikePetras Another veteran using social media – and Twitter – to maximum potential.
@NealSchaffer Much job seeking involves social media. And Neal is all about social media.
@oppsproject Tracy is a terrific coach, friend & mentor – one of the best follows on Twitter.
@PhyllisMufson A 25-year veteran focused on best practices; always willing to share!
@profkrg Kenna is out to save the world “one idiot at a time” – love her style.
@rachaelgking We have huge respect for Rachael’s voice, attitude & enthusiasm; so will you.
@Recruit4u The recruiter’s perspective told in a giving, helpful style.
@RecruitingBlogs Where you go to learn how the person on the other side of the table thinks.
@ResumeDrEliz From the career center POV, passionate career advice doesn’t get better.
@resumeservice Rosa is a master resume expert and a great blogger and communicator.
@resumestrategy For those in career transition (you will be in career transition) Karen’s great!
@susanstrayer We love the diversity of Susan’s tweets and blogs; one of the best.
@SusanWhitcomb She trains career coaches and also runs a job search academy; 5 stars.
@sweetcareers A career center professional who “gets it”; great blog for students and grads.
@TEAL_NOIR Marcy is a terrific career strategist (and has the best avatar on Twitter).
@TheJobQuest A passionate career coach that clearly cares about job seekers.
@TheOneCrystal Crystal is a talent professional and amazing contributor to Twitter chats.
@TimsStrategy An “in-the-trenches” kinda’ guy – well worth the follow on Twitter (and #in).
@tombolt This veteran combines old-school knowledge with SoMe & technology – winner!
@undercoverrec A very popular career and recruiting blog; consistently great content.
@uwwinternships Laura’s influence goes beyond her students; she genuinely cares & shares.
@ValueIntoWords An outstanding resume expert – and consistent contributor on Twitter.
@wendyterwelp Wendy focuses on networking as a primary job search tactic – brilliant.
@westfallonline More than a national elevator pitch champion (which he is!) – the real deal.
@WetFeet_Career A terrific resource for career advice with great authors, layout & design.
@WomensAlly Diahann’s advice goes beyond gender – right to the core of your job search.
@WorkCoachCafe Ronnie Ann offers terrific, timely advice well told in a no-nonsense style.
@WriterChanelle Master communicator and purveyor of all things virtual (check out #GenYChat).
There are many other influencers that could be on this list – and we certainly welcome your suggestions. Who did we miss? Who has influenced your career that belongs on this list? Please let us know, in the comments below.
Let’s grow this list together!