When I was in high school my parents told that I needed to get good grades, go to college and graduate, and then get a good job. I tried my best to do all those things–but while having the mindset of doing these things one after the other in sequential order. It wasn’t until after my second year of college that I was told that I need to be actively searching for jobs/internships, so that I could build experience and develop skills and in turn be headed in the right direction and be better prepared to get a job before of right after graduation.
I will now fill you in on the importance of using social media networks to enhance your job search. At the end of January was the debut of #NPRTwitterChat, a collaboration between the HR teams of NPR and Twitter aimed at helping job seekers use social media as a job search tool. There were over 800 tweets sent throughout the one hour chat.
Using Twitter as a Job Search Resource
NPR’s Schmidt talked about Twitter as a job search resource during an interview with Mashable: “Through Twitter you can learn from your peers in whatever discipline you’re in, or use it as a platform to share content so you can build awareness of you as a professional, and ultimately position yourself as a thought leader in a particular expertise. Because it is an open network, it affords the opportunity to do that in a very public way.”
The following are some suggestions on how to find a job using Twitter:
- Follow the industry you are interested in, and participate in communities you care about.
- Don’t just retweet what others are saying; create meaningful content that people care about. Be a thought leader.
- Use Twitter as a jumping-off point to your more detailed online profiles — a personal blog or LinkedIn profile, for example.
- Many companies have job-related Twitter handles. Following those is a great way to keep tabs on job openings, rather than searching the company’s website.
- Build your network before you need it; engage with people who do what you want to do.
- Don’t be overly professional. Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to people about your interests.
Depending on the industry you are interested in, Twitter can be a great information media source to build networks and establish a presence online. Resumes of courses are not going to become obsolete, but employers also want to know your personality, along with your skills. They want someone who can fit the mold.