Social media is changing the way that people work. Working professionals across the country are using Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter in order to communicate not only with their friends and family, but also with their coworkers and other working professionals. Through these profiles it is possible to create a large network of men and women from all over the country.
If you lose your job, this network represents an interesting opportunity. This network that you have built may be a great resource to find a new job. LinkedIn and Facebook are far more personal; if you want to see if there is an open job available, you can email the friend directly. Twitter, however, is a completely different story.
What Makes Twitter Unique
With both LinkedIn and Facebook, you know the individuals in your network. One of you added the other individual and the two of you started your online network together. Twitter, however, allows nearly everyone to follow your tweets. You can have members of your network that you have never met, and these individuals are all potential networking partners for finding yourself a new job.
One simple Tweet: “Looking for a new job. Any open positions available in the _______ Niche?” may get you a few responses from individuals that have been following your Twitter account. It’s certainly worth a try.
Making Your Twitter Work For You
Still, it is important to realize that your connections are going to largely be based on your content. If you have a Twitter account that does nothing about rant and rave about the crazy things you saw during the day, you are probably not going to create a network of business professionals with connections in the corporate field.
On the other hand, if you use your Twitter account to Tweet mostly great ideas and experiences related to your field of employment, you are bound to find followers that have connections geared towards your career path.
Several experts recommend that you “prepare” your Twitter account before you start tweeting for employment opportunities. It is a good idea to clean up your recent Tweets so that they are more professional. You should change your bio information as well to read like a quick plug for your services. You should also provide a link to an online resume that potential members of your network can view.
Twitter is changing the way people find work. It is not the most effective method of finding new employment, but it is a useful way to tap into a social network and see if any employment opportunities arise.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Maintain a professional Twitter account to expand your network.
- Prepare your Twitter account for recruiters.