Tweet to Succeed

“Twitter has played important roles in major events recently. The plane landing in the Hudson River was first documented via Twitter. The 2008 presidential candidates communicated with voters through the site. Last year’s Iranian protests gained publicity through worldwide Twitter updates. Who would’ve thought something so small would be so important?”

Got your attention yet?

Well, if I didn’t get your attention in a blog post with the same title, “Tweet to Succeed,” then I hope I can change your mind now and perhaps make your life a little easier.  We all know what Twitter is mostly used for, chatting with your friends in 140 characters or less, listening to your customers, cleaning up a PR mess, the list goes on.  But have you used Twitter to look for work? Well you should.

I have LinkedIn Jobs pop up on my Twitter feed, as well as Boston.com’s Job Doc and many others.  This way, before I even dive into a four hour session of sending out applications to the various opportunities out there I can quickly see if anything has popped up and begin my search that way.

The article I came across suggests you follow the following steps when beginning your Twitter assisted job search:

“1. Know what you want to accomplish and track your progress.
Take advantage of Twitter’s real-time user interaction by monitoring your @replies, direct messages (DMs) and Retweets.

2. Understand your limits.
Don’t just post – seek out information that is valuable to you. Use the favorites option to keep track of posts you want to revisit or think about.

3. Find and follow people.
Twitter can overwhelm you if you follow too many people. Information will fall off of the newsfeed quickly. Instead, be selective about who you follow and make sure they offer information that’s relevant to your goals.

4. Don’t retweet too much!
If all you can offer is a retweet of other people’s messages, then you probably don’t need to be on Twitter. Offer your own input on topics. Plus, the authors point out, if your feed is entirely made of @replies, people will feel as if they’re not welcome to your conversation.

5. Give of yourself.
“Join @jobangels and other philanthropic groups and give back when you can. Watch for opportunities to offer a tip, insight, job lead or helping hand,” the authors suggest.

So log on to Twitter, set up an account, follow us and get going!”

What did you do today?

P.S. Here is a link to the article from above, Find a job in 140 characters or less.

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