How to Find a Job on Twitter – 10 Job 2.0 Networking Tips

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By Andrew Kucheriavy
September 17, 2009 in Job Networking


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Let’s face it everyone is Tweeting these days. If you haven’t heard of Twitter, you probably won’t be reading this article. In fact, you probably don’t use the Internet at all. Most people downplay the importance of something like Twitter in their Job search and this could be a costly mistake. Not only current times call for innovative approaches, but Twitter’s popularity can easily get you noticed. Don’t forget that many companies are now turning to Tweeter to post their job openings and many HR professionals and recruiters use Twitter for professional and personal purposes. You never know - your next employer could actually be following you on Twitter. In fact, this is how we recently hired one of our employees.


To make the most out of your Twitter profile, we’ve put together a list of 10 Twitter Job 2.0 Networking tips:

  1. Learn Twitter – To use Twitter effectively you first need to understand how it works and what the hype is all about. If you haven’t used Twitter much, read this Beginners Guide to Twitter and Twitter Etiquette Guide first. 

  2. Set up a Professional Account – Use only a professional looking avatar and background. It is a good idea to use your real picture as long as it looks professional. Keep in mind that if anyone notices you – this will be their first impression of you! There are good online tools to help you with this: Use mypictr to create avatar, and Twitter background guide for creating a catchy background for your Twitter account.

  3. Include Bio and Resume – Make full use of your Twitter profile to include some of your bio and career information. You don’t have much room but enough to post a link to your resume. Just make sure to use a service that protects your identity (like Resumark.com) from just anyone downloading your resume with full contact information. 

  4. Tweet Often – Try to tweet every day and every couple of hours about your job search experience. There are some solutions (TweetDeck, for example) that let you organize and update Twitter easily. Most importantly, make your tweets as meaning full as possible. Again, remember to stay professional but don’t go overboard! 

  5. Follow Others – Remember that Twitter is all about following other users and them following you in return. As a rule of thumb, always make sure that you have more followers than people that you are following. There is a well-known list of 50 Twitter users you want to make sure to follow in jour Job Search. 

  6. Learn to Use Hashtags Properly – When tweeting, learn to use hashtags effectively (#jobsearch, #resume, and others) but first learn how to properly use them. You will get a lot more visibility if you use appropriate hashtags in your posts.

  7. Use Proper Keywords – When tweeting about your jobs search experience make sure to use keywords that are applicable to your job search. For example, try to use things like your occupation, experience, industry and other job-related keywords that will make you stand out.

  8. Checkout Out Other Twitter Jobs Websites – There a plenty of them that can help you make a full use of your Twitter account for Job Search: http://www.twitterjobsearch.com, http://tweetmyjobs.com, http://jobshouts.com and study how they work. Make sure to follow other popular Twitter users like: http://twitter.com/jobangels that help people find jobs.

  9. Learn how to Retweet – Retweeting is an art of reposting someone else message that could in turn bring you more followers. Make sure you understand how to do it properly and always give credit to the original author. 

  10. Reach out to HR contacts - If you know the HR contact in a company that has a job opening that interests you (and you should. If you don’t know how read our “Search for Jobs like a Pro” article) see if you can find them through Twitter. There are a couple of services for Twitter Name search - Twellow Name Search.
 


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