People are increasingly using social networking sites such as Twitter in their job hunts. Add to this the fact that almost 90% of the companies have an official presence on these sites, and it give you a compelling reason to get on board with online social networking (if you are not there already).
This does not mean the end of the road for traditional job seeking methods such as having a good resume, scanning job advertisements, and real-life networking. However, online social networking sites have become great valuable tools as they help you expand your network, keep you informed and give you the opportunity to create a reputable online presence.
Here is a simple guide for you to get rolling:
1. Create an account on Twitter.com. Chose a professional and descriptive username, and ensure that your bio describes who you are and what you are good at. This is also a perfect place to express any new career goals that you may have in mind.
2. Search for the people you want to follow. As you do this, their “tweets” (posts) will be displayed on your home page. There are multiple options to search for people on Twitter. Firstly, it can scan you email address book and display you existing contacts present on Twitter. Next, you can create custom searches by industries, companies or people you want to follow.
3. Start taking active part in discussions and conversations, as this will get you noticed. The “retweet” function is helpful here, which allows you to forward things said by somebody else, along with your own comments and insights on it.
4. Gain a reputation for yourself, and try to get a good number of followers. This can be done in a variety of ways. Insightful participation in discussions, retweeting, sharing useful information and even good use of humor can help you gain a reputation and credibility. It is important that you have a continued presence. A couple of tweets a day won’t get you anywhere. Ensure that all of your communication is consistent and aligned to your career goals. Avoid using it for personal updates.
5. Add useful plug-ins to your account. While the Twitter dashboard is good at what is does, there are a host of third party plug-ins that add more features and functionality to it. Check out what other people are using on their accounts, and see if they fit your needs.
6. Stay active and involved online. As mentioned earlier, this is an important part of the overall outfit. An easy way to do this is start a blog about your profession, or follow a number of them online. This will feed you with constant data to tweet about.
If you follow all of these steps mentioned above, you will surely build a reputation for yourself online, and gain goodwill. In turn, this comes in handy when you are in need of assistance yourself.
For instance, if you have been following a particular company or their employees’ tweets, retweeting and giving useful suggestions on their discussions, you would be building your credibility. It also allows you to have an insight of the thoughts and ideas of the company and the people that work with it. These factors can be extremely useful if and when you decide to apply for a position within that company.
Consistent, active and professional presence on social networking sites are the latest and extremely potent devices in your battery of job searching tools.
This days you can find job using Twitter job search – special twitter site for job hunting.
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