So you have a Twitter profile and you’re now a part of the Twittersphere. What next? Here’s three top tips on how you can use Twitter to it’s full potential as a job seeker:
Pictures say a thousand words
Step number one – make sure your Twitter profile is up-to-date and looks great. You want it to show your personality to your potential new employer, but not look like you created the profile after a few drinks with friends. IF you’re going to use Twitter to attract the perfect job – you have to take this seriously.
So, to start with – make sure you have a high res profile pic and cover image. Pictures say a thousand words – so whatever images you use will help to sum you up. The most common image used for the profile pic is usually one of yourself. Make sure this is a picture that your gran would be pleased with – always a good measure to know if you’re on the right track.
When it comes to cover images, you can visit sites such as http://www.twitrcovers.com and you can select from a whole catalogue of images. If you want to use your own – again, just make sure your gran would like it.
Now that your profile looks great visually – you need to write your biography. Again, this gives potential employers an insight into your personality. Think carefully – you only have 160 characters! So, if you were in a elevator with Richard Branson or Lord Sugar – (select any celebrity you would like to work for) and they asked you what you did and who you are in a short sentence – this is your chance to showcase yourself. For example: Entrepreneur, father of two and total car geek. Opinions are my own.
Here’s a couple of rather amusing ones:
Last but not least, get tweeting and engage!
Your profile is looking great and you have the best biography in town. It’s now time to start getting involved with the right people and get tweeting!
Think about the content that you want to show you’re engaging with. If you’re working in the finance sector for example, make sure you’re keeping up-to-date on the latest industry news. You can do this by following the relevant people, brands and news channels and then retweet anything that’s of significance.
And it doesn’t stop there – you can engage with some of these Tweeters simply by replying to a tweet with your thoughts and starting a discussion.
Don’t be afraid to write your own tweets – for example, there may be a hashtag trending such as #TheApprentiece – get involved with the conversations and connect with like-minded people.
One last thing…
Now that you’ve got a rocking profile and you’re ready to go – one last tip is to search for ‘jobs’ if you are looking for a new opportunity and tweet the relevant company to let them know you’re interested. Some people have managed to secure a job interview by simply replying to a job opportunity – in 20 minutes!
Anything is possible in the Twittersphere. So go on – give it a go and let us know how you get on over @Iopa_Solutions. We’d love to hear from you!
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