Video:How to Job Search on Twitterwith Alison Doyle
When used effectively, Twitter can help you find job listings and expedite your hunt for a new job. Here are tips on how to use Twitter to job search.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Job Search on TwitterHi. I'm Alison Doyle, the job search guide for About.com. When used effectively, Twitter can help you find job listings and expedite your hunt for a new job. Here are tips on how to use Twitter to job search.
Basics of TwitterTwitter is a more than just a social networking site. It's a tool you can use to make connections, find job listings, and expedite your job search. It's free to register and create a profile on Twitter. When you sign up, use your name as your Twitter page title.
Create a Professional Twitter ProfileInclude a brief professional bio that highlights your experience and a link to your visual CV, LinkedIn profile or other online resume. It's important to use a professional type photo for your avatar.
Following Job Sites on TwitterOnce you have signed up for Twitter, you will be able to follow people, job sites, and companies to get job leads and job search advice. To find people to follow you can search Twitter and use sites like Twellow.com and MrTweet.com. You'll be able to search for and get recommendations for who to follow. Follow sites like jobshouts.com and tweetmyjobs.com to get job listings that are specifically posted on Twitter. Also use Twitter specific job search engines that search all of Twitter for job postings. All the major job search engines and job boards are on Twitter. Follow them to get more job postings and job search advice.
Job Search Experts on TwitterFollow job search experts to get tips and advice on job searching and the latest job search news. If you have a list of companies you'd like to work for, be sure to follow the career page, watch for job listings, and retweet their tweets, so the recruiters are aware of your presence of Twitter. You can use Twitter to showcase your expertise in your field. Use your status updates to tweet about industry topics, tips, advice. You don't have to be original – you can tweet articles from the web or retweet relevant posts.
Be careful what you say. What you post can be read by anyone who follows you. Don't mention hating your job, even if you do. Be careful what you post about partying and going out, as well. Keep it professional.
Diversify Your Job Search StrategyRemember, Twitter is one tool that can help you find a job. Don't expect to go online and tweet your way into a new job. Instead, you need a multi-tiered approach to job searching. That means networking, researching companies, searching for job listings, writing a resume, and writing a customized cover letter for every job you apply for.
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