Best Ways to Use Twitter for Your Job Search

March 7th, 2012

You’ve probably heard about all the off-the-wall things that using Twitter has accomplished in the last couple of years. It’s helped free a kid from jail in Egypt, told stories about places where cameras couldn’t go, and been instrumental in keeping everyone apprised on the hot acts to see on American Idol for the past several seasons. But, did you know that Twitter can also assist you in your job search? Here are just a few of the ways that Twitter can help you find the job you’re looking for.

Join the Conversation

This is by far the best advice you can get when it comes to using Twitter for your job search. Don’t go in asking people to help you find your job. Join the conversation. Get to know people. Make friends and connect with people in your community, in your industry, and in your field.

Just remember that you are looking for a job. Make sure that all the posts and “Tweets” you make are professional. Avoid hot button topics such as politics and religion and don’t talk about the latest party experience you’ve enjoyed. You should also try to keep your conversations on Twitter pleasant and upbeat whenever possible. It makes an impression and lets people know that you’re not letting the pressure get you down. Also try to keep the focus on the positive things you have to offer: experience, knowledge, skills, and training are great traits to keep at the front of everyone’s minds.

Search for Jobs

Most people aren’t even aware that Twitter has a function that allows you to search for jobs. You can type #jobs into the search feature or TwitterJobSearch. Twitter moves fast and there is a steady stream of jobs being posted on this social networking giant at all hours of the day and night.

It’s best to get in on the job search quickly when you do find them because they usually aren’t open very long. You can even check back several times during the day to broaden your job search options.

Connect with People in your Industry

It’s a good idea to follow the Tweets of people who are in your industry. In fact, you want to follow the feed of all the industry leaders you know about. From their feeds you’ll be able to stay on top of the latest technological advances in your field, you’ll receive updates on training, and you’ll sometimes come across a job opening that’s perfect for you.

More importantly though, you’ll start to rub elbows with some of the elite names in your industry and there are a lot of reasons you want your name associated with their names. It’s also easy to build relationships based on common interests, passions, and experiences.

If you’re not using Twitter in your job search then you’re missing out on a wide range of potential jobs and careers. Make sure you sign up now and see what it can do for your job search today.

Job Search Tips: Stay Connected Through Networking Without Being a Pest

January 29th, 2012

The importance of using social media and social networking to land a job is easy to see. More employers are using these networks to find key employees. Rather than big job boards, many employers want to network to find the candidate that is right for them in the employment pool. However, there is a very fine line here. If you do not take the time to walk that tightrope properly, you could end up annoying your connection so much, so that they “de-friend” you.

Where’s the Balance?

Social media websites and tools do help candidates land jobs. You should use sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and even Twitter to find positions and to network with companies you would like to work with in the future. Social media does have some rules you will need to follow in order to make it work for you.

  • Realize that anything you say in social media because an element of your relationship with a prospective employer, even if they legally cannot use it to not hire you. If you sour a relationship because of the bad language or behavior on a social site, do not expect that connection to think highly of you.
  • Offer something of value rather than just saying, “Hi” all the time. If you find a news piece you think is valuable to the business or you want to congratulate a contact about an award, do so. Do not make small talk without any value over the social media wires, though.
  • Get to know your social contacts at the level they wish to get to know you. Do not force yourself on them. For example, you may be able to meet for drinks or lunch but do not insist on doing it every month. By meeting for a quick coffee, you will still be fresh in their mind if a position opens up, but you are not trying to sell yourself in the process.
  • Do not force yourself on those who are your enemies. Not every network connection is going to be someone that you like or get along with in person. If you do have a problem with someone, keep it professional. Do not use social media as a way to convince them that you are a good guy. If they do not like you already, networking with them will not lead to a good recommendation for you in the long term anyway.

Staying connected through social networking is a fantastic way to ensure you remain fresh in the minds of those who may have a job position open for you down the road. In many situations, the goal here is not to consistently ask for the job. Rather, it is just to keep your name in their mind’s eye so that when a position opens up, they think of you first.

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