Twitter Tool Aims to Put Americans Back to Work

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It's no secret Americans are on the hunt for jobs. Social recruitment site TweetMyJobs would like to help -- by connecting potential employees and jobs through social media referrals.

TweetMyJobs leverages Twitter and Facebook's social graphs to connect job seekers with available positions. The site looks for social connections who can introduce and refer job seekers to employers.

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Two U.S. cities, Atlanta and Newark, N.J., have launched local affiliate sites, Atlanta Jobs Connect and Newark Jobs Connect. Robin Richards, CEO of TweetMyJobs, told Mashable several additional cities, states and one foreign country are in the process of starting similar sites.

"Jobs are a local issues," Richards says, noting that there are currently 35,000 open positions in Newark and 82,000 open positions in Atlanta. "We know these open positions exist. We're creating a platform for mayors to shed light that they exist."

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When TweetMyJobs locates a match, it identifies potential employees via text message, Twitter or email, depending on an individual's preference. Employers and job seekers pay nothing to use the platform.

"Employers actually have a real challenge finding a steady stream of job applicants," Newark Mayor Cory Booker told Mashable. "This platform creates a really great connection between the supply and demand of jobs, it connects of the dots."

While LinkedIn is considered to be the go-to professional social network, TweetMyJobs is more of a hub for lower-level or mid-career jobs, with positions for anyone from a pizza maker to a mail carrier.

"The government can't create jobs, but it can provide a platform to facilitate the job search," Richards says.

Do you think TweetMyJobs' use of social media is making use of an untapped medium? Would you use your Facebook and Twitter connections to connect with an employer? Let us know in the comments.

This story originally published on Mashable here.

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