That’s right! If used correctly, Twitter can be the most potent tool in your job search arsenal.
Chase the expert – Twitter is brimming full with brilliant tips, enlightening articles, best practices and latest news of the job market, given by the industry experts themselves. Following these experts is a surefire way of finding suggestion and guidance that suits you the best.
A good place to find these experts is the Job Search sub-directory, located under Twellow’s Employment > Career directory.
Use the search tools to look for open positions – A number of companies these days are posting their job requirements on social networking sites rather than the traditional job search portals, or even their own websites! Simply use Twitter’s in-built search function, the TwitJobSearch sub-portal to look for these opportunities. Most of these positions are posted on a real-time basis, which makes it the quickest mode of finding jobs online.
Get on the grapevine – Well, not literally, but industry cross chat is extremely underrated. These will feed you with all the latest news, trends and rumors about your industry by the minute. It will help keep you in the know of your industry, and will go a long way in making you a front runner for that prized job you are eyeing. If nothing else, it will at least help you build your glossary of industry jargon. Again, Twellow is your friend here, as it will help you find the right people to look for.
Speak, and you shall be heard – This may sound obvious, but is one that people often put on the backburner. If you want people to hear you, start talking! Begin by connecting with the right people. Once you get inside the group, start communicating. Get clarity on your doubts by asking questions, make a reputation for yourself by offering assistance, or by reposting valuable information. Of course, take extra care to ensure that your Tweets are professional, error free and plagiarism free! Also, if you are using your Twitter account for building professional relationships, restrict it to just that. Do not post personal items or opinions, as it may end up sending the wrong message across, or deteriorating your impression. Identify your area of expertise, or the field in which you are looking for a job, and focus all your posts in that area.
Look for targeted company profiles – A good number of companies these days have official accounts on Twitter, and use it to post job positions. There are also a large number of individuals that work for various organizations that you may be aiming to get into. Connect with these profiles, and maintain a constant relationship by asking questions, and by offering and seeking professional advice. In short, build a rapport.
In a kind of a strange way, social networking sites are a mirror image of our real lives. Work hard and building a sincere reputation on Twitter, and then even harder on maintaining it – just like your real life! Retain a positive attitude at all times, and come off as a professional who is honest, eager to learn and eager to help, while enjoying the entire process. Earn your credibility!
For sites such as Twitter, it is critical that you are constantly visible. A post here and a chatter there won’t get you noticed, and won’t help you build a professional relationship with anyone. Use your time wisely to build a reputation for yourself. Not many places, either online or in real life, offer as much information, and as many opportunities to make connections as Twitter does.
You have the power – use it wisely!