Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Use Twitter Effectively for Your Job Search


Twitter is often bypassed when considering a useful social networking site that could prove beneficial for your job search. However, Twitter possesses quite a few advantages over the other social platforms that seem somehow to be neglected.

First of all, Twitter’s openness makes it a useful platform for showcasing your talents, personality, style, and interests. Recruiters can get an idea of who you are, and if you would be a good fit at their company. It’s not just transparency of candidates, but companies as well.

It is great for connecting meaningfully with people and companies you don’t already know, which is much more difficult to do on platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn. You can develop a rapport with people you may not have access to in real life.

It’s easier and more convenient for a recruiter to reply to your tweet than to pick up the phone. Twitter facilitates quicker responses.

Muovo would like to share with you the following advice, which has been retrieved from Mashable.


How to Be an Engaging Candidate on Twitter.
1) Just having a Twitter handle isn't enough to attract the attention of recruiters. They’re going to be looking at what kind of content you share on your account. You want to share a good mix of interesting and thought-provoking content, as well as tweets that give a taste of your personality.

2) Show what you are passionate about, give recruiters an idea of your personality and interests outside of your career.

3) Recruiters know that if they hire you, they also inherit your network. So make sure to build a solid network of people both inside and outside your industry.

4) Interact and respond to the people in your networks. Add value to your community.

How to Network Effectively on Twitter.
There are best practices of use with any social media platform, and they become even more important when you're looking for a job. Schmidt elaborated on this issue:

'Use social media to help others and to contribute your expertise to the communities where you work. If you do that, you'll be building up a lot of capital in those networks. So when you need a favor, people will be much more apt to help you out — because they know that you've contributed a lot to that network. You're not going to build a very good network if you just promote yourself.'


1) First impressions are just as important on social media. Make sure you have a great online description and photo. Be professional but interesting.

2) Don’t simply use your Twitter as a means of self-promotion — be interested in what other people are doing and engage with them. Share others' stuff before your share your own.

3) Network! Build lists of people across different disciplines. Join chats. Interact and start conversations. Initiate discussions with people who inspire you. It’s okay to step outside of your comfort zone.

4) Share content that is valuable. The more relevant contributions you make, the more others will want to continue to follow you.

If you have any ideas, leave a comment below. Muovo would like to hear from you!


Nikita Pisani at Muovo

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There are best practices of use with any social media platform, and they become even more important when you're looking for a job. Use social media to help others and to contribute your expertise to the communities where you work. If you do that, you'll be building up a lot of capital in those networks.

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