Good Things Come in Small Packages

I love poetry. Always have. It amazes me how just by putting some structure and form around our prose, our creativity is stretched into new, uncharted, areas.

My daughter often asks me to make up a funny limerick during dinner. And after playing with meter and rhyme in my head, I often come up with some funny jokes.

Likewise, Twitter, originally meant as a joke between cell-phone-carrying nerds, has put a new kind of form around the human language.

We are now challenged with saying something utterly meaningful in 140 characters or less.

Heather Huhman, in her new book, “#Entry Level Tweet” has taken on Twitter’s often restrictive prose form, and delivered a powerful text geared toward educating job seekers.

The book is divided into six parts, and each part is nothing more than a long series of 140 character treasures of advice.

Think you can’t go deep with  just 140 characters?

Is the Tao Te Ching Deep?

It certainly is. As are the pithy sayings of any wise man.

So why wouldn’t it also be so with the pithy sayings of one of the top Job Search Twitterers?

Here are a few examples of what I mean,

Individuals in your life love you dearly and give you advice with the best intentions. But they are probably wrong.

Thank you Heather for sparing me the read of an entire chapter, when you’ve made the point in 140 characters.

Don’t beat yourself up for not making the right choice at first – most of us don’t!

If you are like me, you are busy, and want to get to the point fast, then this is the kind of career book you will read many times. Don’t worry though, it only took me 15 minutes to get through it.

Apart from the philosophical, Heather also shares some VERY practical advice. For instance, read her excellent advice about your job seeking business cards:

On the front of your business card, include your name, major, phone number, e-mail address, and link to your online portfolio.

On the back of your business card, include a version of your professional profile from your résumé.

Who Should Read “Entry Level Tweet”

The book is very clearly geared toward the new graduate. If you’ve been in the workforce for more than 2  years, you may find some of this advice common sense by now. However, there is quite a bit of value in her guidance around personal branding and it never hurts to get those reminders about proper networking.

Overall, if you are looking for a fun light read to inspire your job search, then you can’t really go wrong with this one. At the very least, you’ll have some helpful, pithy, reminders for keeping your job search on track.

Where Do I Get a Copy

The book is available on The Publisher’s Website. And if you send in your receipt to Heather Huhman’s Blog by Feb 19th, 2010 you’ll got some free stuff from the author.

If you’ve also read the book and would like to share your thoughts, please feel free to do so here.