Twitter provides a free platform to showcase your skills and talents to potential employers. Twitter also enables you to network and build relationships with people who can help you to climb your career ladder.
Before reaching out to other Twitter users, it’s important to fill out your profile and add an appropriate image, preferably a professional-looking head-shot. You only have 160 characters with which to grab the attention of those viewing your profile, so every character needs to count. Aim to include a keyword that allows others to find you by your career interests (e.g. marketer, hairdresser, journalist, etc).
You can also add a link to your blog or website. If you don’t already have your own webpage, you can set one up for free using a platform such as WordPress or Blogger. Alternatively, you can use your URL to link to your LinkedIn profile. Having your own webpage, website, blog, or LinkedIn profile is essential for anyone seeking their dream job – it enables you to showcase your skills, experience, and interests. It also enables you to provide your full contact details for those wanting to know more about you.
Connecting on Twitter to Industry Experts
Once you have your profile set up, you need to find appropriate people to follow. Use Twitter’s search tool to find people working in your field of interest. For example, if you are looking for a job in advertising, you could try searching for people who use the term “advertising” in their profile. Alternatively, you can search for tweets containing advertising terms, and then follow those who seem to know what they are talking about. It’s also important to follow the key players within the industry you want to work in – this will help you to stay up-to-date on the latest news, career opportunities, and job openings in your field.
Once you have identified, and followed, the key players and other interesting people in your industry of choice, you need to start interacting with them. Engage in conversation by replying to other peoples tweets (using the “@” sign before their username) or starting an open conversation that anybody can join. Share links to articles, images, videos, and news that may interest your followers. Retweet interesting tweets from other people to show that you are listening and interested in what they are saying.
Once you have started to build a few relationships with your followers, let them know a bit more about you. Tell them about any ideas or projects you are working on. Showcase your past projects and tell your followers about your aspirations and plans for the future.
Remember that potential employers may be keeping an eye on your profile, so take care when tweeting to friends and family. Avoid using swear words, racist or sexist language, and other offensive content.
Above all, when using Twitter to find your dream job, you need to get involved. Let people know that you exist; tell them who you are and what you’re looking for. Many recruiters keep an eye on the Twitter community to find potential candidates for their company job openings – make it easy for them to find you, and you could soon be in your dream job!