|Twitter can be a powerful tool to for job search and career management. But it is for you? If you’re wondering if you should invest time using twitter, read this issue to find out more.
The first step is to create a plan based on your most relevant needs.
See below for a free simple planning sheet to help you get started. Select 1 activity from the sheet and test it out it out in this coming week.
If you already have a twitter account, or decide to set one up, you’ll find me @jenniferbradle.
Twitter: What to Consider
Twitter can be an important tool for job search and career change. According to
Pew research the more widespread use of smartphones is associated with a significant growth in the number of people using twitter on a regular basis. From the employer’s perspective, twitter offers a quick and inexpensive way to fill vacancies.
Challenges for Job-Seekers
One of the biggest challenges to using twitter effectively as a job-seeker is managing the inherent distractions. It’s very easy to quickly feel overwhelmed by such vast volumes of information. How do you know you are not just wasting your time?
I am currently taking training with 2 of the authors of The Twitter Job Search Guide. I look forward to sharing some of what I am learning about how to leverage this tool over the coming weeks. Twitter won’t be useful for everyone, but it is definitely worth checking it out before you decide if it’s for you or not.
Identify What is Most Helpful
There are many possible to use twitter for career and job search purposes. Examples might be finding out more about companies that you are targeting, identifying industry trends, reviewing job postings, and connecting with peer professionals, hiring managers, or industry leaders.
Create A Plan
I suggest you that before you visit the site you create a simple plan.
Think about where you are in your career change or job search. What information would make the biggest difference at this point?
If you are new to twitter, the best place to begin may be to use it as a search tool. Decide how much time you want to allocate this week and implement at least 1 of the activities below. Read the rest of this brief article and download this planning sheet to help you begin.
Choose 1 or 2 Activities to Begin
Having a strategy is essential. Choose the 1 or 2 activities that will help you find the information that is of greatest importance to you. For example, if you are looking for new opportunities, identifying and connecting with employers that you would like to work for is a great start.
How to Connect with Prospective Employers
Begin with 5-10 of the companies from your target list
and search for them on twitter. Make a note of company twitter handles:@________. Check out the company profile, in addition to the personal profiles of any individuals who are posting for that company.
Review their posts. Use search engines and other resources such as LinkedIn to find out more.
If you don’t yet have a target list of companies that you would like to work for, go to the twitter site and search for @jobhuntorg. There you will find an “already compiled public list” of employers that use twitter to recruit directly. Check it out to see if there are any in your field.
If you already have an account, you can go ahead and start following companies and people of interest, and expanding your list.
If you don’t have an account, you may want to check out the usefulness of the information before you decide to invest more time. Schedule 10 to 15 minutes to do regular searches for a period of time. If you find that you are gathering helpful data, consider setting up an account and becoming a more active user.
Twitter Can Open Doors
Unlike LinkedIn, Twitter is an open network. This can make it easier to initiate conversations with people that otherwise would be out of reach.
Expanding the resources you have by developing connections with the right people is a great way to speed up your search.
Other Job Search Help on Twitter
|As you may have read in an earlier issue, I am participating in the Career Director’s International 2012 Educational Campaign. If you’re completely new to twitter, this is a way to get expert help and familiarize yourself with twitter at the same time.|
|Here’s how: Search for #cdisst or
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