๐Ÿฑโ€๐Ÿ How To Find A Job Quickly Using Twitter

If you’re using Twitter for a job search, you’re probably doing it wrong.

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First, let’s clarify one thing:

You do not have to use Twitter to look for work.

Billions of people have found work, some easily and many with difficulty, without a single tweet, retweet, direct message or hashtag.

However, if you use Twitter according to my instructions below, it can become the fastest way to find your next job even without looking for it.


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Why use Twitter for job search

Here’s a good story from my free Twitter job search guide about Stacey (not her real name), after being fired from her company:

“… I went back to my desk and tried to switch to Twitter first, but I was already blocked by IT from all the social networking sites. Ahhhh, Blackberry!

I tweeted out:

“Just fired. Same handle @ gmail.com. Need a break, lunch and afternoon tomorrow … anyone ??”

At the time I only had about 150 followers, so the fact that I had a job offer, 3 meetings and a TV station calling me Before I left the parking lot Told me I’m in the right place to forward my message …

The job offer came from a local employer, whom I knew outside of Twitter, but I was lucky enough to get to know better while in my little gray cell away from the center scene and all the buzz going on there.

I started my new job … exactly 3 weeks later. “

Stacey was able to quickly find a new job after the layoffs because of:

  1. She used Twitter to build her personal brand
  2. She used Twitter to connect with people who value her personal brand
  3. She used Twitter to announce her availability to this network of people

1. How to use Twitter to build your personal brand

The best part of a professional Twitter account is that if any job requests my Twitter, I can send it (yes, I go to details it is completely related)

If you already have a Twitter account for personal use, create another one for personal branding and job search.

Just as you want to be interviewed for a job while looking your best, you need to dress to impress online as well.

It starts with your profile page, which should clearly communicate who you are. At a glance, it should impress viewers with your accomplishments as part of an overall message about your professional expertise.

The basics of a Twitter profile are:

  1. There – Use the same name that appears on your resume.
  2. Username – This is critical, because that way people will remember and answer you so avoid anything stupid. Ideally, it should be a variation of your name up. If your name is quite common, use a fictitious name based on a three-word selection formula [Adjective][Place][Profession][Person] For example SeattlePRHero.
  3. Website – For a job seeker, this should be your most impressive web page in the eyes of potential employers. By default, use your LinkedIn profile or any website where you can download a version of your resume.
  4. a place – Usually your hometown, it should be a location from which you can look for physical work.
  5. Bio 160-character message about yourself. Start with your current response to “What are you doing?” And then refine to make it more impressive. Sync it with the title of your LinkedIn profile.
  6. Image – Your good quality headshot smiles and looks confident, ideally 400 x 400 pixels. It will be used all over Twitter, so let it be considered.
  7. title – No more than 1500×500 pixels, it’s still large enough easily to be seen first by all viewers. Some suggestions: a picture of you in action at work, an item (s) from your portfolio or a picture of a great quote about you (as from a letter of recommendation).

Once your Twitter profile makes you proud enough to want other people to see it, you’re ready to take the next step.

2. How to use Twitter to connect with people who value your personal brand

Quantity helps, but quality is more important. Look at Stacey, she only had 150 followers when she got the job offer.

Your goal is to impress the right people so that they will do so spring Recruit you when it has a relevant opening, or refer you to someone who does, regardless of whether you really need a new job or not.

Who are the right people?

  • People you know through work: bosses and colleagues, previous current customers (yours or your employer’s), business partners, etc.
  • People you would like to meet for work: industry influencers, event organizers, professionals, bounty hunters, recruiters and human resources representatives of companies you would like to work for

Find them all quickly on Twitter Using their email addresses, But you can also search for them by name if you do not have their email.

Follow and add them all to a dedicated Twitter network for work networks, separately from your main Twitter update. Make this a private list before adding someone so that these people will not be automatically notified when you add them.

Next, how do you impress the right people?

1) Maintain a good daily habit

Learn when your followers are expected to be online each day.

Paid tools such as Circleboom Twitter Analytics can give you this information, or you can follow your followers for about a week to estimate when is the best time to spend on Twitter and get people to respond.

Then, for at least 20 minutes every day, 1-2 times a day, and preferably when your followers are online, keep up to date with instant messages and recent tweets from people on your list. Retweet the best of the past, and try to answer as many open-ended questions as possible, and not just professional questions.

Be a giver And be yourself, while respecting the time frame you have chosen.

Try to keep about 75% or more of your tweets relevant to your profession or business.

Share great links, thoughts and ask your own questions, give other people a chance to respond as well. People who help once are more likely to contact again later.

Shout out for accomplishments but also for the occasional mistake and failure, especially if there is a lesson for others. This will make you more kind and approachable.

Include photos and videos when it makes sense, and sometimes when it might not. It will make you more attractive and more attractive to follow.

Use popular but relevant #hashtags in your tweets, Improve your chances of being tweeted by people who do not follow you. First check if the #hashtag is popular by performing a Twitter Search On it to check how often it has been used in the last minutes (popular) or hours / days (unpopular).

After a few days and weeks, you will begin to understand which people on your list are not really contributing to your network. Do not turn off tracking them, but remove them from your list of networks so that their tweets do not interfere with those of people who actually contribute. On the other hand, through retweeting and asking questions, you will also discover new people who are worth following and adding to your list of networks.

2) Have a good weekly habit

Participate in at least one Twitter chat a week. to use Taubs or TweetReports calendars To find nearby chats in your industry or profession. Experiment with some. If the regulars love you, they will usually follow you. Introduce yourself for the first time, but other than that, only participate if you have something worth adding, like a question or answer.

Opening your own weekly chat can also be a great way to attract followers.

Maintain your list of networks by removing some people and adding others, perhaps from a member’s relevant Twitter list. Ask your followers also people who are worth following.

Schedule at least a daily topical tweet for the coming week like an article you liked from the previous week, a favorite tip or a recommendation for someone worth following. You can do this directly on Twitter as you can see in the clip below, or use the free Circleboom account to manage your scheduled tweets all in one dashboard.

How to use Twitter to announce your availability to this network of people who value your brand

After a few months of these good habits, you should start to feel a constant value in being on Twitter and others should feel the value in being there. A few weeks may be enough to feel your presence, but it will usually take longer to build stronger relationships with the people you follow (unless you already knew them before Twitter).

Keep moving forward with what works for you, but once you get to the point where followers share and respond consistently to your tweets and in particular, to your questions, this is when you have enough online engagement on Twitter to get good job search results.

Once you need to look for a new job:

1) Do not declare your availability in your biography – The sad reality is that employed job seekers seem to be more valuable to recruiters and bounty hunters than to the unemployed. While your involved followers will know your work status, chances are people who do not know you well will discover you through your Twitter profile and biography, and the needy appearance of an unemployed person will be a weak point for some of them.

Worse, Twitter uses your biography to promote you on other people’s profiles with similar biographies, and the similarity may be because you both mentioned you were “open to new opportunities.” This a) will emphasize to the viewer that you are unemployed, and b) may lead him to someone who is actually competing with you for local jobs.

2) Announce your availability through tweets – Follow Stacey’s example and tell your audience out loud that the moment everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived! Their chances of getting you on board have never been better. No need to be too formal, say it like you are telling your friends. Mention this openly several times if your followers tend to go online at different times during the day. Also, bring it up occasionally to remind people you are still looking.

Bonus tip

Even after you find a new job, continue with your good tweeting habits. Do not give up. A strong brand is a brand that is consistently strengthened, and the stronger your personal brand, the easier it will be to attract new and better job offers in the future.

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A A version of this article Appeared in The Business Journals.

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