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Using Twitter to get a job

Twitter birdTwitter can be a very effective tool in your job search. This can be as simple as tweeting that you are looking for a job, and linking to your blog, website or LinkedIn profile. (Shorten the URL to allow it to be retweeted.)

Want to connect more strategically? Here are some examples:

  • music students could set up a blog and review local gigs - then tweet to people in the industry (local or national). This shows an interest in your subject and awareness of what's current.
  • follow companies in the field your are interested in - tweet professional comments about company initiatives. Just by following a company you will get a feel for their values which will help you to create a focussed application
  • budding entrepreneurs could blog about their progress - then tweet their link to local businesses.

If you are an experienced Twitter user, and are worried about an employer seeing some of your past tweets, consider using a service like Tweet Delete. This is a twitter app that connects with your account and can be automatically set to delete your old tweets after a certain period of time has elapsed.

Top tips for using twitter

Be consistent

Twitter is all about constant updates. The more you communicate back and forth with connections, the more people you will find and better relationships you will form.

Establish relationships

You may meet people that participate in tweet chats, on hash tags and in general conversation. Direct message someone and ask them to meet you for a coffee and then get to know what they do. Social media is not a self-centred medium. You need to have a genuine interest in the people you meet and the information they have to share with you.

Bio section

Put your job pitch in your biography section, making it clear what you are looking for. Use key phrases that reflect your industry. When companies look for new candidates, they may use tools like Twitter to find matches.

Photo

Make sure that you use a professional looking picture as your avatar. This is the first time that an employer may have seen you; make sure you leave a good impression.

Create a custom background 

When promoting yourself on Twitter, you have a limit on your bio, so using the background image gives an endless amount of space to play with. You can put photos of other work you may have done, or highlight your technical skills.

Search Twitter

Using Twitter’s 'see what’s happening right now' function will allow you to see if people are looking for jobs within your area.

The use of hash tagging

Hash tagging is a simple way of searching for tweets that have common topics. Therefore using tags related to your job will help increase the chances of you finding a job for example: #hireme, #linkedinme, #profile, #needajob etc.

Page last updated on Tuesday 14 July 2015 at 2.14pm.

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