With so many self-proclaimed career gurus and self-promoters out there, how does a young careerist know where to turn for consistently good career advice? Or a mentor? Or maybe a Twitter chat partner… or a tough-love reality check?
Here, in YouTern’s fourth annual “Top Twitter Accounts Job Seekers MUST Follow” list, we offer up the best of the best in the career space: career experts, career center professionals, resume writers, bloggers, authors and speakers. These are the social influencers who can help you find your first or next job… and whose twitter streams are full of helpful content.
As we do every year when we make this list, our focus is on quality over quantity and engagement over broadcasting. Every person or organization on this list has shown true character – and a willingness to help beyond just selling product. We’re also very proud to say that many on this list have become friends and partners; we love working with them nearly every day!
In alphabetical order and with abundant respect, here are YouTern’s top 50 (well, 55… but who’s counting!) Twitter accounts for 2014…
@Absolutely_Abby Abby is consistently positive… and a terrific resource for job seekers.
@AfterCollege Excellent blog (and site) for college students and recent grads.
@alevit An author and speaker, Alexandra delivers great career advice.
@AlisonDoyle Simply the best; you’ll find Alison’s advice on About.com.
@amyruberg A college and career consultant who “gets it” – and shares it!
@AndyInNaples Highly respected among career colleagues; quality content sharing, always.
@animal While he’s not always tactful… he’s ALWAYS helpful.
@askamanager Excellent advice for careerists of all ages and experience levels.
@avidcareerist Solid advice and a generous contributor to the career community.
@blogging4jobs Jessica is highly approachable and very, very smart; the real deal.
@BrazenCareerist One of the best online career communities… period.
@CareerBright A Silicon Valley based job search expert who shares great stuff.
@CareerDrEliz A staple on career Twitter chats… and a passionate career mentor.
@careersherpa Always sharing, always giving… one of our favorites!
@CyndyTrivella A very engaging career expert and co-founder of #OMCChat.
@dailymuse The team at TheMuse.com offers the best in contemporary career advice.
@DanaLeavy A career coach and resume writer with an entrepreneurial mindset.
@David_Shindler The brain behind “Learning to Leap” – and becoming employable.
@DawnBugni Dawn’s no-nonsense, supportive style works well for all ages.
@DawnRasmussen Always straight-up information from an absolute favorite.
@debrawheatman A prolific blogger combined with a willingness to share quality content.
@dorothydalton From the talent management point-of-view, a great perspective.
@EmilieMeck A consistently solid presence on Twitter career chats and social media.
@ErinKennedyCPRW Among the “best of the best” in resume writing and career strategy.
@gaylehoward Old-school advice in a no-nonsense style; the world needs that.
@Glassdoor Great career info throughout their site and Twitter stream.
@Gradberry A terrific resource for early careerists, from internships to full-time work.
@GreatResume Jessica offers some of the best resume advice in the business.
@HeatherHuhman A Millennial career expert… and a #SoMe pioneer.
@InterviewIQ Australia’s most connected career blogger – always good advice!
@Jerry_Albright A member of the old-school “no-nonsense” club… well worth the listen.
@jimstroud A highly respected social recruiting and job search strategy expert.
@JMMuscarello John is a giving, informative resource for career networking. Always helpful.
@JobHuntOrg One of the most respected career guides on Twitter… 4 stars.
@jtodonnell Founder of CareerRealism – and an outstanding blogger and coach.
@juliaerickson Expert advice on how to find a job you love, from someone who loves to help.
@LeaMcLeod Lea offers expert advice for recent graduates and young pros; two thumbs up!
@levoleague Their focus is women; their career is advice is good for all of us.
@levyrecruits A 5-star mentor; founder of the “no fluff” tribe.
@lisarangel Solid advice, sometimes in a blog; sometimes in less-than-140s.
@markadyson Always impressed by Mark’s knowledge and low-key style.
@MRGottschalk An excellent blogger and workplace expert; highly recommended.
@MeghanMBiro Founder of Talent Culture and #TChat; a friend who gives back to many.
@PhyllisMufson Focused on best practices and always willing to share!
@stacyzapar A huge fan of social sharing… and one of the greatest humans around.
@standandinspire One of the most consistent contributors in the space.
@TheJobQuest Melissa is a passionate career coach who clearly cares about job seekers.
@tombolt Old-school wisdom combined with SoMe and technology – a real winner.
@tonyrestell Abundant blogging, sharing and tweeting… we’ve become big Tony fans.
@undercoverrec A popular career and recruiting blog; consistently great content.
@ValueIntoWords A master resume writer… and storyteller.
@williamtincup A prolific sharer of all things job seeking and recruiting.
@workcoachcafe Solid advice; well told… a favorite of YouTern.
Who has helped you most in your job search? Who would you add to this list? Let us know, in the comments below!