Twitter, to many, is a ‘hard-nut to crack’, they just don’t get it. In simple term, twitter ‘forces’ you to learn how to communicate and share insightful ideas in tweets, which are no more than 140 characters. Actually, twitter is the ‘simplest’ of the social networks.

The above opening quote is an excerpt from an earlier post on SocialMeep and its a good anchor for today’s post.

The simplicity of twitter makes it possible for ‘real’ social communication/networking with exchange of tweets (or DMs) just like exchange of SMS. Can you relate with that?

Twitter is a great platform for sharing resources and information. Job related information are not left out as well. So how useful can twitter be to your job search? Read on please…

Here’s how you can use twitter as a job searching tool:

1. Start with a well crafted bio – write about yourself in 160 characters or less. Make your bio concise and let it be full of meaning as well.  You can read more about drafting bios for the social web here… 

2. Upload a professional profile photo/avatar – this photo is your identity on twitter and appears with your tweets. Do well to upload a professional photo/avatar for this purpose. Remember the whole essence is to make a good impression on a potential employer. So upload your profile photo wisely.

I have used my own profile as an illustration. It is not a ‘model’ or a standard, it is just one of many cool examples :-)

3. Follow thought leaders and organizations in your field of interest – your timeline (TL) is usually flooded with tweets from people you follow on twitter. In order for you to learn from professionals in your field, do well to follow them. Thought leaders are tweeting cool and valuable information and you have to follow them to profit from it. The easiest way to scope out credible people that are most relevant to you is by searching for them. For example, to find HR related thought leaders, search “HR” in the left hand side of the twitter screen, then click “search all people for HR” to find HR thought leaders. Do a similar search for organizations to follow, that way you get to see job information in the organizations tweets on your TL.

4. Use hashtags (#) in your job search – the # symbol, called a hashtag, is used to mark keywords or topics in a tweet. It was created organically by twitter users as a way to categorize messages. It is not about simply adding a #hashtag #to #everything #you #type. It’s about using hashtags that are actually useful. For your job search, there are a few hashtags that you can search and get valuable information from them, they are but not limited to – #hiring #nowhiring #jobsearch #jobadvice #HR #CareerAdvice etc. Also, job related hashtags would help you keep tab on jobs been tweeted per time.

5. Be an active participant of twitter chat – since everything happens in real-time, twitter is a great way to conduct live conversations with people you might never be able to meet in person. Twitter Chats are a live, Q&A session that typically discuss specific niche, industry issues. Try to Google and look for Twitter chats that are relevant to your area of expertise. Usually, one moderator asks questions (Q1, Q2, Q3) and any Tweeps can answer (A1, A2, A3). It’s usually an hour-long discussion once a week. I would want to add that this is a growing trend in the Nigerian ‘twitter-sphere’ today, so join the rave. 

Before I go for today, let me conclude this post this way. Value is the rule of the game on twitter. So in order to stand out of the crowd of tweeps, endeavour to share valuable tweets and not trash. Do well to engage and network with other tweeps by sharing insightful information to get conversations started. Before long you would tweet yourself to your desired job in no time.

Till next time, we are all work in progress…