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Job Seeker’s Tool Kit for Twitter Newbies

 Twitter Tips from JustresumesUSA.comAs a professional resume writer and career coach, I know how important it is for job seekers to use social networking in today's job market.  I love Twitter. Twitter is a great place to connect to people daily you may never have a chance to talk to anywhere else in the world. Twitter is a place where you can give valuable advice and wisdom to those who ask for help. It’s a global forum of people where you can connect to colleagues and ask questions.  There are features on Twitter you’ll want to know when you first sign up.

You don’t want to miss out on using Twitter, a fabulous tool to connect to people immediately. 

So, where do you start? What do you need to know now? Whether you are a career coach, resume writer, recruiter, LinkedIn specialist, job seeker, mom or in any other profession, below are invaluable tips I discovered and wish I knew when I first got started on Twitter. 

The following 8 tips will help you connect quickly and maximize your daily use of Twitter right away. Here they are …

1. Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who will want to follow you.

2. Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in discussions with them.

3. Include your #profession in your Twitter profile. If you're a #blogger, include #blogger to your Twitter profile.  (The # are hash tags, explained below.)

4. Register on Google Alerts to find other companies using Twitter.

5. Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day.

6. Sign up on justunfollow.com.

7. Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your followers.

8. Create Lists which will organize and categorize your Followers.

 

Build a following by helping Twitter users find you, who want to follow you.  How do you find specific Twitter users? You can find specific Twitter users by typing key words in the Research section. This will bring up all timelines with those key words. For example, if you're an environmental engineer looking for a job and you type the key words “recruiter seeking environmental engineer,” you’ll find the recruiters writing tweets to the world “seeking environmental engineer.”  Okay, you found your tweeters, now what?  Next, reply to 10 or 12 tweets each day. Include a link to your website or LinkedIn profile so they can easily find you.  Then click on their website, check out their blog and make a comment about their blog you found useful. Next click to Follow each one. When they see you are following them, went into their website and took the time to read one of their blogs and commented, they will want to Follow you. 

This is one of the ways you can build a Following, land interviews and find a job. And, a great marketing strategy for your job search in 2011.

Are you wondering why I recommended only 10 or 12 tweets a day when there are more than 75 tweeters right there? Here’s why. All your current Followers will get each reply you send to your new tweeters. Believe me they will not want their Timeline filled with your 75+ replies to all the recruiters you Tweeted.  I learned this the hard way. I remember being so proud of myself that first day when I replied to 47 tweeters.  The consequence may be to lose one or two of your Followers. Typically, your Followers will be forgiving the first time when they realize you’re new.

 

Find companies and colleagues you'd like to get to know and join in discussions with them.  You can search for companies that interest you. This is a great place for you to engage in conversation with the employees at the company.  I do not recommend asking for a job right away. By engaging in conversations, let them get to know you first. And take the time to get to know them. Getting to know people internally at companies on Twitter could turn into a great networking contact. In addition to having fun with the process, this can help you prioritize which companies are a better fit for you.

 

Include your #profession in your Twitter profile. And, include the words #blogger to your Twitter profile, if you are a #blogger.  The number sign (#) is called a hash tag. The hash tag helps like-minded Tweeters find you or people looking for Tweeters with the # next to a word. For example, I recently added #Blogger to my Twitter profile and within 24 hours, more than 20 Twitter Followers with blogs on their websites started following me.

 

Register on Google Alerts to find other bloggers using Twitter. Google Alerts is free and a great way to find other websites and articles from companies that interest you. And you can use this as a tool to stay abreast on the latest news at the company. When you register on Google Alerts, you will receive emails with the articles and website of the key words you select. For example, if you want to find articles about “talent management,” Google Alerts will email these articles to you if you choose these key words. Pretty cool tool!

After you receive emails from key words that interest you, read and comment on the blogs in the articles you like and retweet them to your Twitter Followers. This is another way to gain followers that compliment you. 

 

Check your “@Mentions” tab throughout each day. @Mentions is where Twitter collects tweets with your name mentioned and places them in @Mentions. For example, anyone who responded with a question or a “thank you” from the 10 to 12 tweets you replied each day will be in @Mentions. This is the best place to track people responding back to you. Always reply back as soon as possible.

 

Sign up on justunfollow.com. justunfollow.com is FREE and a great find.  My web marketing colleague, Jan Rossi at GetYouStartedeMarketing.com told me about this website.  I recommend it for everyone.  It’s a website that shows you all the people who are NOT following you.  After you begin Following the 10 to 12 tweeters each day, check back after a few days or a couple weeks to see if they are Following you back.  If they are not, unfollow them.  It’s protocol to match within 50% how many people you are Following versus the followers you have developed over time.  I recommend Following people you’re interested in Following and Follow all the people who are Following you.

 

Retweet when you find a tweet you like and would interest your Followers.  I recommended earlier today to retreat articles from the blogs you find interesting.  I also recommend retweeting any tweets you receive with other links or tweets you find interesting, as well.  Remember this … the tweets you receive are only coming to you, not your Followers.  It’s up to you to retweet the information to your Followers.  For example, if an event is coming up or information you’d like to share with your Followers, retweet the information back to them.

 

Create Lists which will organize and categorize your Followers. It's good practice to create Lists for your Followers.  For example, as a job seeker, you may have a list for the best recruiters, career coaches, resume writers, and companies,

 

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips to share, you're welcome to email me at Kim@justresumesusa.com.

If you are a job seeker, I would like to encourage you to check out HiringforHope.org, and become a member of this very special non profit organization, whose purpose is to help people through career transition. This is where you can volunteer.  And, you too, can make a difference. I hope you enjoyed today’s blog and found this information helpful to you. If you have useful tips or stories to share, please email me at kim@justresumesusa.com

 

Do you need immediate help with job interviewing, social networking or salary negotiating? Or, maybe you're thinking about hiring a professional resume writer to help you write your resume. I can help. To email me a comment, ask a question or schedule a free initial phone consultation, please give me a call or contact me at Kim@JustResumesUSA.com

 

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3 Responses to “Job Seeker’s Tool Kit for Twitter Newbies”

  • Phillip Watson:

    Hi Kim,
    I found this article very interesting and helpful. Will start to implement some of the tips.
    Kind regards
    Phillip

  • Cathy Mangano:

    Hi Kim, thank you for the helpful advice. I'm still leary about using Twitter even after I read 4 books on it. I'm over 59  (no surprise!) LOL

  • I was very pleased to find this site. thanks for the great info! I definitely enjoyed every little bit of it and I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff you post.

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