When you are unemployed, you need to do whatever it takes to find a job. You cannot limit yourself to well-known job websites, because those websites are going to be attacked by everyone looking for a job. You need to also find jobs that are more specialized, jobs from companies you like, and other openings that you may not hear about elsewhere.
Jobs on Twitter
Tweets are no longer just for birds. Twitter is the land of the “instant update.” News reporters use it to break the news before they have time to write an article. Justin Bieber stalkers use it to scream every time they win a lock of his hair on eBay. Employers use it to advertise a recently opened job.
It’s the latter that is clearly the most useful for you. Twitter has a variety of uses for unemployed workers that may turn it into your new best friend.
How to Use Twitter to Find a Job
- Follow Employers – Many employers have official Twitter accounts where they will advertise recent product releases, news and, of course, new jobs. It may not be that useful to follow major businesses like Microsoft, but smaller businesses will have fewer competitors giving you the immediate edge.
- Professionally Tweet – One good idea is to start a professional Twitter account where all of your Tweets relate to the types of jobs you are hoping to find. Personal Twitter accounts are nice, but don’t create the “I’ll be a great employee” impression you are hoping for.
- Network – Twitter is a great way to network with businesses, workers, etc. Expand your followers and over time you will develop connections that may help you find work.
There are clearly a lot of ways that you can use Twitter to find work. Add your resume to your profile and suddenly you are applying to anyone that reads your account. Just because it’s a strange addition to Web 2.0 does not mean you should overlook it. It may be your best tool for finding work in today’s economy.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Use Twitter.
- Seriously, use Twitter.
- Yahoo Article on Twitter