Twitter can help job seekers land a position

02.21.2012


Twitter can help job seekers land a position
Twitter can help job seekers land a position

Social media platform Twitter can help job seekers find a position.

While Twitter provides job seekers with various ways to look for new jobs, one way that candidates can use the social media website is by utilizing the #chat function, according to an opinion piece written by Tony Morrison and published in Business Insider.

Before engaging in this strategy, Twitter users need to make sure that their account effectively conveys their personal brand, the media outlet reports. Once their new account is set up, job seekers need to figure out what #chats they will follow.

According to the media outlet, Morrison recommended #jobhuntchat, which is scheduled for Mondays at 10 p.m. ET, #careerchat, which takes place on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET,  #ProCircles scheduled for every other Thursday at 8 P.M. ET and finally #HFChat on Fridays at noon ET.

The key is to get involved in conversations, engage other contacts as potential sources of jobs and utilize existing resources to pursue opportunities. The Business Insider article recommends people start off with an introduction, in which they state who they are and why they are involved in a conversation.

Twitter users who want to get engaged in conversation can follow others in order to get an understanding of what is going on in threads they want to follow, according to the media outlet. Following other tweets will also offer a Twitter user the ability to get a sense of who the thought leaders in the conversation are.

Job seekers - many of whom utilize the services of employment agencies - should feel free to respond to questions and offer their opinions, the media outlet reports. Users should make sure their comments reflect the personal brand they want to create, as the responses will be on their profile. Users also need to emphasize conciseness, as they only have 140 characters to get their point across.

Job seekers who plan on using Twitter as a job search tool should consider utilizing LinkedIn as well, as the website offers many opportunities for collaboration and networking. People can join various interest groups on LinkedIn, where they can become involved in conversations like the ones discussed in Morrison's article.

This online social networking will hopefully provide the user with valuable contacts who can then help the person with their job search, according to the media outlet. 

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