• Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By now, I think everyone has heard of Twitter. If not, Twitter is, so far, a free microblogging website that allows people to post short updates (140 characters long) and follow others’ news. Twitter allows you to follow almost anyone on the website, so why not take advantage of this feature when job hunting ? Here are some ways to do just that:

1) Twitter Profile

Update your Twitter profile. Customize it so it stands out a bit. Twitter has many standard backgrounds to help you accomplish that. Also, edit your profile settings to include keywords in your biography. If you are in medical device sales, pharmaceutical sales, dental products, capital equipment engineer, IT expert, or whatever it is that you specialize in, put it in your biography. It will make it easier for others to find you on Twitter – and ultimately follow your Tweets (Tweets are your short published updates.)

Example of customized Twitter profile:

2) Follow Job Posters

Many companies, big & small, are using Twitter to post new job notifications. Recruiters have also begun to post jobs on Twitter, quite frankly because it’s another free way to advertise job opening. So, go on Twitter, click on “Find People”, and use relevant keywords to find companies and recruiters that interest you. Keep in mind, that some  major job boards are now also posting their jobs on Twitter. Careerbuilder, monster, simplyhired, and are some of them.

Once you find what you are looking for, click on the follow button to follow them. Following someone on Twitter, allows you to see their Tweets on your homepage.

3) Tweet

Just like you follow people and companies to read their updates, people follow you to read yours. So, post Tweets about your relevant news. For example, tweet about your experience, job search, current status, what you’re looking for…etc By Tweeting, you’re reminding your followers of yourself and hence increasing your exposure.

Remember that anyone can follow you on Twitter, so tweet the news that would not be seen offensive by a current or future employer.

I hope you found this information helpful, if you are using Twitter, please share with us what is working for you!

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7 Responses

  1. 1

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  2. 2
    Capial Equipment Sales Rep 

    Thanks for sharing!

  3. 3
    Biomedical Engineer 

    Thank you for posting.

  4. 4

    I’m more inclined to use Twitter now. I was not really using it before, wasn’t interested in posting status and didn’t see the point in following people you don’t know.


  5. 5

    Thanks for the tips!

  6. 6

    Good suggestions, thanks. There are so many people just starting to use Twitter that we need to remind them of its uses. This is a great article for that purpose.

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    Thank you for the suggestion regarding how to use Twitter. I thought the piece was nicely done and plan to follow your suggestions on customizing my account. Best Regards.

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