Twitter is a free social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or allow open access. This site can be used for you to post questions, comments, and inquiries about the job opportunities, company inquiries, career paths or get advice. Since all sites are public domain, be cautious of what you post.
To access the site go to www.twitter.com and sign in to set up your account. Select "About" for an overview of how to use the site. Here are some helpful tips:
- Choose a professional username (@username), preferably one that incorporates your name.
- Include your full name, location, and link (to your LinkedIn profile, online resume, or professional blog) in your profile. Choose a professional-style photo of yourself so people can put a face to the name.
- You have 140 characters for your bio, so be concise and clear, mentioning your profession, main skills, and ultimate career goal. Keep the details relevant.
- The key to starting on Twitter is following valuable connections, listening to what they say, and interacting with them.
- Build your community slowly, and follow higher-ups in companies, industry icons, recruiters, and other job seekers.
- Respond to people's tweets by using the '@' sign and their username (also known as their "Twitter handle").
- Avoid asking bluntly about open jobs.
- Post valuable links to articles and news you find, share your knowledge and opinions, and build connections based on trust.
- Become familiar with @mentions, RT's (retweets), DM's (direct messages), #hashtags, and more.
Treat Twitter as more than just a job search tool, and that next tweet might bring you one step closer to your dream job!