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Federal agencies post job openings on Twitter, Facebook

Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 2, 2011; 10:57 PM

I love technology. Smartphones, iPads. . . you name it. Gadgets thrill me. The rapid pace of communication excites me.

But I have to admit that I was slow to jump on the Twitter and Facebook bandwagons. They are great social networking and social media sites, but I didn't think of them much beyond that until I started seeing federal agencies using them.

I began to follow the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Interior, Commerce, Justice, Treasury and Health and Human Services, along with many sub-departments. On Twitter, agencies can very quickly share information about a variety of things, including their mission, initiatives and even events you could sign up to attend. And then there's this: Many of these agencies use their accounts to alert their followers about job openings.

Many openings have been posted on Twitter in recent weeks.

Let me give you an example of just a few I have seen:

From the Department of Veterans Affairs: Veterans Affairs: RT @vacareers VA is hiring! We're looking for information technology professionals. Have an IT background? Check out: http://ow.ly/3GwQN.

From the U.S. Agency for International Development: Auditor: 11-0141-KD, Grade: GS-0511-13, Office: M/OAA Procurement Support Division:, Opening Date: 03/01/11, Clo . . . http://bit.ly/dGqKii.

And on the Defense Intelligence Agency's Twitter account at "DefenseIntel": DIA recruiting events updated for Feb 2011: http://go.usa.gov/Cbf.

Even the Internal Revenue Service set up an IRScareers Twitter account: Hi! If u or some1 u know has strong skills in Americans w/Disabilities Act, WE NEED U! Mngmnt jobs in #Atlanta. http://go.usa.gov/gVR.

The story is the same on Facebook. The IRS recruitment team posted positions and responded to comments.

A potential job seeker named Samantha wrote: "This is a great page! I'm currently a 3L and taking the bar in IL this summer, next year I'm getting my LL.M. in Taxation, so while I won't need a job until the summer of 2012 staying up to date about job opportunities at the IRS is invaluable! Thanks for this."

The IRS recruiter responded:

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