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A mere 15 years ago, job hunting required serious work. The unemployed and the discontent were forced to endure extensive letter writing, cold calling, and frequent trips to the copy store to create professional resumes. Don't even get us started on job fairs. The Internet age has completely altered that job-hunting dynamic; faxing a resume to everyone in the yellow pages, scouring paper classifieds, and waiting by the phone are now almost completely obsolete.

According to Business Week, outplacement consultants Challenger, Gray, and Christmas (CG&C) recently released poll results stating that, behind traditional networking among friends and acquaintances, the most effective method of finding a job is to rub elbows on social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The old standbys of newspaper classifieds and job fairs actually received the lowest ratings.

Although social networking sites and online classifieds provide previously unavailable access to millions of jobs, job-hunters also have to compete with a much larger crowd for those openings. Because of this, CG&C still touts the benefits of a solid, eye-catching, old-fashioned resume. If you'd like to start tweeting your way out of the unemployment line, but are unsure of proper Twitter etiquette, check out Switched Twitter 101 and Switched Twitter No-No's to help you get started. [From: Business Week]

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