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Twitter

Twitter

Benefits

There are many advantages to using Twitter to find jobs. Many vacancies are advertised on Twitter. It's a useful tool to find out about the industry you're interested in, network, and promote yourself and your passion for your chosen career.

Find a job or search for opportunities

It’s reported that more than 500,000 jobs are advertised via Twitter each month. Follow official company accounts, use #hashtags, subscribe to relevant Twitter lists and tweet about your job search.

Read tweets

Reading tweets will help you stay up-to-date and learn more about your sector. Twitter is a powerful research tool and offers direct access to an influential network. Tweets can also give you a good idea of a company’s culture.

Tweet regularly

While being careful not to spam or annoy followers, it's a good idea to tweet regularly. Keep it interesting by interspersing your career-related tweets with interesting/amusing posts about other aspects of your life.

Follow people in the industry/sector you want to work in

Use lists to find people who may be useful to you. Gain insider knowledge by following employers, professional bodies, influential people and news sources for your sector.  If you follow people who share similar interest to you, they will often follow you back.

Promote yourself

You can promote yourself through your profile and in tweets. Highlight any relevant work experience or blogs. You should also add your job pitch to your Twitter profile and/or include a link to an online CV. Similarly, promote your Twitter account (eg include it on your email signature or blog).

Create relationships and engage in conversation

Retweet and reply to other tweets. Offer feedback, answer and ask questions, get involved in discussions and give your opinion. Tweet links to interesting articles or news items, including the author or publisher’s Twitter handle (address).

Demonstrate a passion

Post interesting comments relating to what you want to do, useful websites, opinions/thoughts on industry news and topics.

Include appropriate hashtags in your tweets

Adding appropriate hashtags will attract others with an interest in a particular subject to your profile.

Use Twitter to prepare for interview 

Your prospective interviewer’s tweets may reveal their personality and present a good opportunity for an ice-breaker at interview.

Disadvantages

There are some drawbacks with Twitter. It can be time consuming and you need to be careful what you tweet.

It can be time intensive

Twitter can be time consuming and addictive. You will need time and effort to sort the relevant from the irrelevant. You also need to take the time to build up your profile and be mindful of Twitter ‘netiquette’.

You need to commit to using it

Don’t only sign in once a month to post about your new blog entry.

Don’t only add people you know personally

Make sure you don’t only add people you know personally or think it’s only for celebrities. You may also prefer to have more than one account and use them for different purposes. 

Be careful what you tweet

You need to be careful what you tweet, even if you mean something as a joke. People have been sued for libel after remarks made on Twitter and other social media.