T.A.P. into CAREEREALISM (Get Free, Personalized Help from Career Experts)


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By J.T. O’Donnell

When we came up with the Twitter Advice Project (a.k.a. T.A.P. into CAREEREALISM) 6 weeks ago, we couldn’t wait to launch it. However, we knew we needed to work out some logistical kinks and trial run it. Well, that’s over and we are ready for PRIME TIME.

I taped the video above because it just seemed easier to explain how our new career advice tool works. For those who prefer to read, here’s what you need to know:

First…You Need to Follow Us On Twitter (@CAREEREALISM)
Those who follow us on Twitter get daily career news and perspective in short micro-posts with links to content that help you stay up-to-date and employable. Like our tagline says “EVERY Job is Temporary” – so those who give us 5 minutes a day, 30 minutes a week so we can educate them on important professional topics are using us like their own personal trainer – and getting great results.

Guess Who Else Follows Us? (And, They Want to Help YOU!)
A lot of career experts are on Twitter and following us too. So, we reached out initially to diverse set of 8 of them and said, “Would you share your expertise with our followers?” It’s no surprise, these passionate careerists who love to help others all said ‘yes!’

@heatherhuhman – journalist & career expert t0 students and young professionals via daily advice column on Examiner.com

@glhoffman – author of the extremely successful career blog that runs in the U.S. News & World Report.

@sweetcareers – campus career counselor with years of experience and a killer resource blog.

@Keppie_Careers – a professional career coach and columnist with years of experience in corporate America.

@beneubanks – a career journalist and new HR professional who adds a valuable ‘recent grad’ perspective.

@IPlawMan – an Intellectual Property Lawyer (good to have a lawyer’s perspective for those touchy subjects).

@gradversity – a student recruitment expert and founder of a blog to help first-time job seekers.

@jtodonnell – as the founder of Careerealism.com, I’d like to throw my 2 cents in too!

Need Advice? Here’s How It Works

1. You sign up for Twitter and follow us (and of course, read our page each day).

2. Send your career question directly to twitter@careerealism.com so we can post it (anonymously, if you’d like – just tell us).

3. Sit back and watch career experts post direct, personalized career advice for you on our @CAREEREALISM Twitter feed.

So…what are you waiting for?! It’s time to T.A.P. into CAREEREALISM.


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  1. This project is great for today's society because you receive your career advice almost instantly. With all the advancements in modern technology, that's what people are used to: getting what they want/need when they want/need it.

    I'm not sure if there is another place where you can get professional career advice for free in such a short period of time. Good luck!

  2. I've been reading these tweets for a few days now — what a fantastic idea and a great resource! The advice is invaluable, and knowing that it comes from experienced and respected members of the field, with that personal touch of Twitter, makes it even more appealing. Thanks for what you're doing; I'm already learning so much from it!

  3. This project is great for today’s society because you receive your career advice almost instantly. With all the advancements in modern technology, that’s what people are used to: getting what they want/need when they want/need it.

    I’m not sure if there is another place where you can get professional career advice for free in such a short period of time. Good luck!

  4. The TAP project sounds great! I am currently following careerealism on Twitter and they provide informational and inspiring career news every day. Let's face it, with the job market the way it is everyone needs some sort of competitive edge. I read an article a day and I feel more prepared to face the job market when I graduate. It is so easy and you can get all the information you need in one place. Great job JT!

  5. With the job market being so competitive right now, I feel this is such an appropriate time for a program like this to be developed.

    If you're using Twitter and you're currently unemployed, you better be using this as a resource for career guidance. You'd be silly not to considering it's free.

  6. twitter is amazing, period. And this is one of the ways many people have chosen to use it, to help themselves and to help others because, well why not. To get any type of question answered about something in particular on the web is more of a difficult thing to do. a few years ago, If I wanted to know what my girlfriend really means when she says something about me not listening, I might go to some advice column in the paper and write a dear sally note, now I might be able to email Sally. and then wait for a response. but with twitter you can get a response from tons of people in only a few minutes.
    but honestly, twitter has so much potential, why not get the most out of it!?

  7. With all the different career websites out there, it can be stressful and confusing to search for valid, updated information. T.A.P. into Careerealism is an easy way to access information that's tailored to YOUR specific needs. Thanks for the great resource!

  8. Interesting idea. Will be watching to see how it unfolds. Since the best career advice is often short, simple and already 'out there,' this could be a great way for job seekers to keep themselves reminded.

  9. Ok, so I've been searching the web looking at different career advice blogs and trying to see what is out to establish some sort of ground for comparison, and TAP is the first time I've actually said to myself, “Wow…”

    I am always very scatterbrained when it comes to job searching and marketing myself because it is such a new world to me with an entirely different vernacular. I can't think of a better way to help out people individually with the potential to benefit many with the same questions.

  10. Wow, the TAP project is a great idea. It' simple and so easy to use. I just added all of the career specialists that you recommended. I don't think there is an easier way on the internet to jump start your career. I hope others take the time to T.A.P into Careerealism's resources.

    • Thanks Brendan!

      Yes, we are really excited to show people the power of Twitter. A lot of people think it is a self-absorbed time waster (I was actually one of them!), but if you use it in this fashion, it has the ability to be the best way to get the information you need. Honestly, before this technology, it was highly unlikely a job seeker or someone need career advice could A) be aware of all the talented experts that could help them, or B) reach out and actually get these people to advise them for free.

      I just used the http://www.search.twitter.com feature to look up the responses the experts gave to our first question. I just put in the keywords '@careerealism Q#1″ and up came all their advice in an easy-to-read fashion.

      A Google search CANNOT even begin to compete with the value of that.

      Thanks for spreading the word and be sure to send a question if you have one!

  11. The T.A.P is a great idea. Following @careerealism on Twitter and CAREEREALISM.com are 2 of the best sources of career advice avaliable. Not only can you get advice from JT, but also other career experts who want to give thier advice too.

    What better way could there be to get FREE career expertise? None.

  12. @J.T. – What an awesome idea and valuable resource for people looking to bolster their brand, and find new engaging ways to enhance their careers and job search. I'll keep an eye on you on Twitter. And also, the other career advisers who are contributing to this project deserve a shout out as well. Way to go everyone!

    • Thanks Ryan!

      Yes, the experts who have signed on are top notch and all come from very diverse backgrounds. They are really wonderful professionals and I'm grateful for their participation.

  13. I have aleady received great career advice from J.T. O'Donnell and really enjoy her insights on questions I have brought up. Thank you!

    • Thanks so much Mark. I love being able to help, but am even more excited about getting some great resources via other experts to weigh in and give our readers the best advice possible!

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