Idaho now tweeting state job openings

Idaho now tweeting state job openings

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Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
July 16, 2010
Idaho Freedom Foundation staff
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July 16, 2010

Job seekers looking for work in Idaho state government can use a new Twitter feed to enhance their job search online.  The Division of Human Resources (DHR) is posting new full-time and temporary jobs on a Twitter account at twitter.com/IdahoStateJobs.

“When job opportunities come along in state government, we need to get the word out to more of those qualified folks who need the work – where they are most likely to find it,” Gov. Butch Otter said in a news release.  “The immediacy and interactive nature of Twitter should be a real asset for the state and for targeting Idahoans who are unemployed or underemployed.”

The short messages each take less than a minute to post manually on Twitter and don’t add a cost to taxpayers, according to Michael Savoie, a human resources manager for DHR.  “We were noticing how Twitter is becoming more and more popular,” Savoie said.  “It’s certainly something we probably should have been doing for a while now, but we figured there was no time like the present.”

The new Twitter account has posted more than a dozen openings since launching Wednesday.  The state jobs tweets include each job’s title and location as well as a link to the DHR’s website, which has a full job description.  The Twitter accounts for the Idaho Department of Labor and Idaho Transportation Department have previously posted job openings across the state.

Some of Idaho’s neighboring states have similar postings on Twitter.  Worksource Oregon’s Twitter account has posted more than 2,500 public and private sector jobs.  The Utah Department of Workforce Services has more than 20 separate Twitter accounts for job postings, broken up by professions, including sales, farming, and legal work.  The Montana Department of Labor and Industry also has more than 20 Twitter accounts posting jobs, but those accounts are differentiated by location.

Tweets on the Oregon, Utah, and Montana accounts all include links directly to the specific job postings, while Idaho’s goes to the DHR page.  It takes three additional clicks of the mouse to get to a similar job description on the state of Idaho’s website.

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