So, you’re done with college, and have been let loose to face the big, brave world. You are always on Twitter, following friends and celebrities. You’re probably looking at your phone because someone just retweeted something funny. However, your stomach is churning at the thought of looking for a job, now that mom’s cut you out of you rent allowance. You don’t have to sweat it; in this post, I’m going to show you how to use Twitter to easily find that dream job without having to send your resume to a thousand places. Sit back, and read on as I fill you in on various aspects found within Twitter that you can use to your benefit today.
Before we get started, the cardinal rule to remember that with Twitter, your manners will get you far indeed. Despite the fact that this is a social media platform, always remember to be polite and introduce yourself to prospective employers and recruiters before you start bombarding them with questions about jobs. Secondly, a great way to start would be to search for the hash tag search #jobsearch. Next, an important thing to note is that you don’t have to follow every Tom, Dick and Harry hiring. Be clear on what field you would like to work in (something you should have found out in your first year of college, in my opinion) and then isolate the different accounts that you would want to follow. This saves you time by focusing your search on the fields you have an interest in.
Once you have a clear vision of your preferred job sector, it’s time to look for some of the big company names and then follow them. The great thing about Twitter is the fact that you’ll get instant feedback and minute-by-minute tweets. This is the medium that most companies use to post vacancies. Keep your eyes peeled on these company accounts for such events, and throw in a nice tweet directed to the company with a formal request. Let them know that you will be applying for the post, and then do it as soon as possible. You’ve made yourself seen, and at the same time, you’ve presented yourself as an enthusiastic candidate who is willing to take the initiative, both of which are qualities that company recruiters look for.
Another area that most people don’t put into consideration are the news outlets, which tweet current world events. Jobs just don’t magically happen from nowhere. For example, if CBS tweeted today that t Delta Airlines will be opening new routes across Asia, it follows that they will be doing a recruitment drive in this region. Thanks to this news item, you’ll be able to scurry along to the airline’s website so that you can put in your application to the HR department. While everyone else is waiting to see those jobs materialize, your timely action will get the attention of the powers that be, who might just give your application priority when they start their recruitment drive.
Lastly, self-marketing is a great way of attracting the attention of job scouts. You want to start by giving your profile a professional makeover. Change you avatar by uploading a cleaned up photo of you looking vibrant and with a charming smile. A crisp white cotton shirt and a good haircut or hair pulled back and lightly applied makeup will make you stand out. You could also tweet about your job search, and what this will do is that it will attract the attention of friends and colleagues alike, who will have you in mind when they hear about a job that they think would be a perfect fit for you.
See, Twitter isn’t just for following celebrities and stalking that ex-girlfriend who broke your heart. Let Twitter work for you so that you can get a job that suits your skills and education today. Social media is here to stay, so take full advantage of Twitter in your job search.