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Winner of several journalism awards, Pesmen is a graduate of the University of Illinois Media College at Urbana, and is listed in several Who’s Who editions. She also has been Corporate Features Editor of Crain Communications Inc., founding Features Editor of Crain’s Chicago Business and a reporter/features writer for The Chicago Daily News.

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Do social networks help find job?

Q.  I finally learned to navigate the Web and I joined Facebook and LinkedIn to give me more exposure while I hunt for a new job. But  Twitter has me stymied. I am not really very good at all this tech stuff. I check what I must but I can't imagine walking around Twittering with my thumbs all day. Is it really necessary for this job hunt?

Ans. If you want to find a new job you should use every social network you can find. The more exposure you have the better off you'll be, and the sooner you'll get workt]. If you've mastered all those other networks, why leave out Twitter? If you think it's too difficult to learn, and if you don't have a teen in the house to teach you, take a look at Brad and Debra Schepp's new book, "How to Find a Job on Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, My Space and Other Social Networks, " (McGraw-Hill Professional  $28.99)


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