I have been an avid Twitter user for quite some time now. Its purpose for me has evolved over time from purely social interactions in my early days to the brain picking, job hunting glory that it is today. With graduation looming in the near future, I find myself looking for any means out there to connect with more people and learn more about how to best prepare for the future. While reading tweets the other day I noticed a retweet from Simon Mainwaring (@simonmainwaring), a social media and brand leader, saying how to find jobs through twitter. I had always heard that Twitter can be a great tool to utilize uin networking and job searxching but I had not quite grasped its full potential.
The post, which is an article from Mashable (@mashable) shows you the best ways to build a strong and respectable Twitter account as well as how to connect with professional as well as who the best people to follow are. Here are the first steps listed in the post to build a stronger Twitter profile:
• Make your Twitter presence “employer-friendly”
o Put your job pitch in your Twitter bio (which is 160 characters)
o Use a professional looking avatar
o Tweet about your job search
• Utilize your Twitter background. There’s lots of space you can use to promote yourself. Don’t know how to create a professional-looking Twitter background? Use this free template to design your own.
• Include a link to an online CV or resume in your bio. Use a tool like VisualCV. (For more information on building an online resume, see Dan Schawbel’s post HOW TO: Build the Ultimate Social Media Resume)
• Establish yourself as an expert in your field on Twitter. It’s important to note that you should not misrepresent yourself. If you’re not a medical doctor, don’t play one on Twitter. As those on Twitter become interested in your content, when employers are looking at you, you’ll have more than just your resume to back.
The author continues with who to follow and the best ways to interact with these people. Towards the end of the article, the author lists job posting accounts and head hunters from a wide variety of locations, fields, and companies. I added about 15 new people to follow after reading this article and am looking forward to seeing how job hunting through Twitter plays out. After all, it doesn’t hurt to have another outlet to network and look for jobs does it? Check out the post and see how you can utilize Twitter for job hunting!