Continuing along in our Job Search Checklist from A to Z blog series, T stands for a powerful job search, learning and personal branding tool: Twitter.
Twitter is great for lots of reasons, but I think one of the best uses for Twitter is for your career. Twitter offers a ton of information, including jobs, people to network with/learn from, company news and more. Plus, Twitter is a great place to showcase and share your expertise.
Are you even on Twitter? If not, do so immediately. It only takes a few minutes. Here’s how to do it:
Go to twitter.com and click Sign up for Twitter.
- Create your account. You will need to come up with your unique username, i.e. @Manpower_US
- Write a short bio. You have 160 characters to describe yourself. This is a great place to highlight your personal brand; who you are and what you’re all about.
- Upload a profile picture and headline picture. Reminder: If you’re a job seeker, use a professional profile picture. A headshot is best.
Once you are on Twitter; it’s time for action.
- Find people to follow. Use the Search feature on Twitter or sites like followerwonk.com to uncover top people in your industry or skill to follow. You can learn a lot by following leaders and influencers in your areas of interest.
- Tweet. You can say a lot in 140 characters (tweet limit). Post an interesting comment, link to an article or blog post you’ve written, or share your feelings on a particular item of interests as it relates to your job or industry.
- Retweet. You can also foster conversations and goodwill on Twitter when you retweet posts you like. Consider retweeting someone who is an expert in your field or industry, a company you admire, etc. Maybe they will follow you back as a result.
That’s all you need to get started. That was easy, wasn’t it? One warning: Twitter can be addictive. That is both a good and a bad thing, but it also can be a great resource for your career.
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