Are you a job-searching health care professional interested in knowing more about a career at VA?

Perhaps you’ve started the application process, but want to speak to someone about your qualifications.

Or maybe you’re already working at VA, and feel like your unique knowledge and insight might be useful to someone who is interested in a career.

If you identify with any of these scenarios, we hope you participate in one of our upcoming Twitter chats. These events are scheduled monthly and are a great opportunity for you to find new connections by sharing your own experiences and learning from others—all in 140 characters or less!

What is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is a public Twitter conversation around one unique hashtag (ours is #WorkAtVA). The goal of a Twitter chat is to connect people with similar interests. By participating, you can gain real-time knowledge about careers at VA and also grow your professional network by meeting and following new people.

How does it work?

Imagine being in a classroom with a panel of experts at the front of the room, prepared to answer your questions. They’ve had time to talk, but now it’s time for the Q&A. Everyone in the room can raise their hand at once, or whenever something comes to mind. Questions get answered quickly and in the order they were received. Everyone leaves with a better understanding of the topic, and everyone has learned from the questions and answers of other participants. The bonus: You get a transcript of the Q&A session to take home, just in case you need to reference it later.

Now, move that experience online and you have a Twitter chat.

How do I participate?

First things first. If you don’t already have a Twitter account, you can create one here. You’ll just need to provide your name and e-mail address, then create a username and password. After you set up an account, start following @VACareers by using the search box in the top right corner and click the button to “Follow.”

On the day and time of the event, a host and select VA National Recruiters will begin by tweeting and will be on standby to answer questions and address Tweets that use the correct hashtag. By using #WorkAtVA, you can follow the discussion and participate in it. You can also go back after the scheduled chat and reference tweets that are connected to #WorkAtVA.

Be sure to Like us on Facebook or check out the Events Calendar so you can stay informed of the schedule and topics for each Twitter chat.

To learn about other ways to connect with VA Careers, click here.

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Published on Jan. 14, 2015

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