Think LinkedIn is the only social media platform for job searchers? Think again. Twitter is becoming one of the best social media sites to land a job. This article will teach you exactly how to integrate Twitter into your job search. Do NOT be scared of Twitter any longer! It is truly an untapped resource for your job search!
Don’t miss out on your dream job. Here are 7 ways to land a job with Twitter:
Create a Twitter account that showcases your professional profile.
Think of your Twitter account as though it’s your online business card. Spruce up your profile by adding an identifiable photo so that recruiters can recognize who you are. Be specific and professional in putting information on the bio below your photo on your profile. You can include a link to your own blog if you have one.
Start following people and initiate a conversation
Your next step is to simply follow companies, recruiters and industry leaders. Figure out who the relevant people are in your field and become their follower. Once you have identified some key people, Twitter makes it easy for you to find more people to follow. Click on the “who to follow” tab and you will get a list of people and institutions followed by the people you already follow.
You can stand out by simply retweeting, favorite and reply meaningful tweets. You can also write notes to them by tagging them using the “@” symbol and their twitter name. This is a great way to build relationships.
Once you’ve build-up a personal conversation with a recruiter or a manager, it will be easier for you to send a direct message to ask them about connecting outside of Twitter or in person.
Create lists to narrow down your potential companies
The best way to sort through Twitter is to create a list of your target companies so it won’t be overwhelming.
You have the option of setting your list to public or private and include as many users to it as you like. By simply clicking on the list, it will give you a timeline of tweets from those who are in your list.
This is a very important part of being a strong Twitter user. You should be reading and tweeting links that you find intriguing.
If you blog, tweet about your articles to your followers. Share something professional and within the field of your interests.
Make use of search tools
Use Twitter’s built-in search bar for job openings. Type in a location, the word “hiring”, and even the job position you are looking (like “entry level”, “manager”, and “director”), and you will definitely see tweets about open positions in your desired field.
You can also use Tweetmyjobs.com, a job search engine specifically for twitter, it allows you to add in filters by location, industry and keywords.
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Send private notes to potential mentors
It may require a huge amount of confidence but reaching out directly to someone in your field and letting them know that you are looking for new opportunities is a great way to find a job. Do this only if you have interacted with someone through retweets or responses to the tweets they made.
Do your research
Staying updated on recent business developments is very important especially if the company you’re following recently received a large grant that might lead to a more aggressive round of hiring.
If you have an interview coming, research your interviewer and potential managers ahead of time. Who knows, their recent tweets could be a clue about what topics they’re interested in.
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