Friday, June 25, 2010

Tweet Your Way to Discovering a Job

If you haven’t done so yet, you may want to explore using Twitter as a tool in your job search. It’s a great way to stay tuned into those of interest in your profession or industry, including hiring managers at companies you’re targeting in your search. Twitter can also help you work toward establishing valuable networking relationships with people in your field of interest.

The following are a few tips to consider when using Twitter during your job search:
  • Set up a user name that includes your name and something about your profession if possible, such as @sjonestechwriter.

  • Use Twitter’s profile (bio) section to briefly describe what you do professionally. This will help increase the chances of your account displaying when users are searching for accounts specific to a certain occupation and/or topic.

  • Consider including a link to your blog.

  • Sign up to receive updates and job alerts from relevant Twitter accounts. You’ll find that several industries and companies use Twitter accounts for posting job openings.

  • Identify, follow, and tweet with other Twitter users in your occupation, industry, or targeted companies.

  • Actively tweet about your professional area of expertise by commenting on industry news, trends, and events. If someone you’re following and trying to network with responds to your tweet with something interesting, either respond back or retweet (i.e., forward it).

  • Comment on interesting tweets from those you’re following in your profession by sharing a public comment (i.e., @replies).

  • Tweet about your job status and search for a job.

  • Use professional, appropriate, and correct grammar in your tweets.

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