No other piece of advice is more important that this : How you use social media could directly impact whether or not you get hired.
If you are looking for a job, be sure that your profile is up to date, your avatar is of YOU and not your cat, child or cartoon and your twitter name should reflect you! Twitter: What’s in a Name?
Oh, and for heaven’s sake remember that what you say online STAYS online.
2) Build a Supportive Network :
As Carrie Smith of the Simply Hired Blog says “These days getting a good job is all about who you know, and getting them to recommend you for a job. Not only will your network sympathize with the stressful job hunting process, they can also keep an eye out for new job openings and offer invaluable career advice.” Read her full post here.
3) Participate in relevant chats :
Depending on your specific area of interest there may be twitter chats that you can participate in. Chats allow you to connect with potential employers, learn from peers and introduces you to a whole community that share a common interest.
4) Invest in your career by learning how to use the tools :
There are TONS of free resources out there that will help get you up to speed on how to use Twitter more effectively – I think there is none more relevant than the Twitter Help Center to help you learn the basics.
You can always hire a personal consultant to help jump start your learning – but your money will be wasted if YOU don’t do the work required to be successful online.
5) Use hashtags :
Did you know you could search for your next job on Twitter by wisely utilizing hashtags?
You can send out tweets with the hashtag revelvant to your industry, like #HR #Hospitality #RealEstate etc. and don’t forget that spamming a hashtag with your message is NOT COOL.
6) Organize your lists!
As Dan Schawbel, author of Me 2.0, Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success shares in how to Use Twitter to Get a Job: 4 Steps, organizing your twitter lists is a great way to help you connect efficiently with the right folks.
Tweeting AT people will only make you look like an ass. Mmkay? So don’t get on twitter and be the perfume girl everyone wants to avoid.
Before you start sending out links to your online resume or a #hireme tweet AT someone you don’t even know – realize that you could be doing more damage than good.
8) Don’t give up! :
Did you know that TweetMyJobs can send you job recommendations directly to your Twitter account – either through custom alerts or by suggesting relevant job channels to follow?
9) Be a resource :
While you are searching for your dream job you will inevitably meet others on the same limb of the “hire me” tree as you. Help connect them to relevant resources and other twitter friends and they will surely do the same for you!
You should also remember that potential employers are looking for someone who is knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. As you share industry news, helpful tips or insight on current trends you are also showing potential employers how knowledgeable you are.
As Erica Swallow Mashable article [see link below] you need to take it offline. . .
Though Twitter is one of my favorite social media tools to use on a near daily basis, nothing will ever compare to meeting face to face. Once you have connected to a potential employer or recruiter – ask to take it offline for a face to face interview. If they are impressed with you in 140 or less, imagine how you will blow them away in person!
Take a look at more tips from me and my interview with WFMY News 2 :
Have you been hired because of Twitter? Share one of your tips!