How to use twitter for job hunting

Whilst many people believe that Twitter is simply for sharing the latest celeb news or their daily goings on, more and more savvy career minded men and women are using it as an effective and proactive job-hunting tool.

Not convinced?  Well according to Twitter itself, in 2012 there were nearly 300 million mentions of job, job openings and hiring opportunities through its network.  Proof that if you’re looking for work or a change in career, getting your profile right on Twitter could just open up that door to your dream job.

So just how do you go about using Twitter for job hunting, and what can you do to get yourself in the shop window?  Check out our ‘must do’ actions for gearing your Twitter profile up to the job market.

Choose Your Handle and Headshot Carefully

Your profile photo and Twitter handle (username) should be personal yet professional.  Play it safe and use your name or if you are freelancing and looking for work use your company name or blog title.  Offensive usernames will get you no friends and interest from the wrong people.  A headshot doesn’t have to be professional either.  Your photo should be clear and in focus.  You in the pub on a Friday night isn’t going to set off the best impression with perspective employers or clients.

Create Your 160 Character Profile

You’d be surprised at the amount of Twitter users who don’t complete their character bio.  By not doing this it’s a bit like going to a job fair and standing in the corner of the room and not introducing yourself.  Whilst you only have 160 characters make sure you cover the essentials: what do you currently do and what fields of industry you work in.  If you’re freelancing be quirky and try to include links to any online portfolio work.  If you want to be crafty use URL shorteners like Bit.ly to shorten those long URL’s and save vital characters.

Get Tweeting

Just don’t sit there waiting for the world to come to you; start composing some tweets about you, what you do.  If you’ve got online portfolios or professional resumes then post out some links to them.  If someone engages with you don’t jump straight into ‘job hunting’ mode; get to know them and their industry and you might just find out about an opening.  Keep your tweets down to 2 – 3 a day and try not to flood people over and over again with interactions.

Get Searching

Be clever and use twitter hash-tag search feature to find key conversations about job openings.  By keying in tags like #recruitment #ukjobs #ukjobsearch #socialmediajobs #neet #cambridgejobs you will find conversations you can join in with and people to reach out and interact with that could be your first foot in the door to a new career path or the ultimate freelance project.

Also check out Twitter Job Search t ofind out local jobs by discipline in your area.

Ultimately, Twitter can be a killer job-hunting tool that if used correctly will boost and enhance your job search skills in the crowded marketplace.

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