A couple of weeks ago, I signed up for Twitter. I found that after I told some of my friends I joined, a few didn’t even know what is was. For those of you that don’t know, Twitter is a social networking site that is used kind of like your Facebook status (called microblogging)—quick, 140 character or less messages that let the network in on what you’re doing.
Twitter is used by all different folks for all different reasons. Some update it with messages like “Waiting on line at the supermarket,” others like Barack Obama for example, tweet things like “Asking for your vote today. For polling location info visit http://VoteForChange.com or call 877-874-6226. Make sure everyone votes!” You can see the capabilities a tool like this has for news, media and your job search.
I’ve yet to realize utilize Twitter to its fullest when it comes to networking for jobs. It has really come in handy once (I’ve only been using it for two weeks)—when someone found my Twitter page (which links to this blog), read I was looking for a job and offered to go over my resume with me (he is a career author). This, obviously, is not only a step in the right direction for my Twitter use, but was also extremely helpful for my job search.
Here are a list of links that give advice on using Twitter to network for your job search and freelance opportunities.
How do you tweet? (What the hell is a tweet? Learn the twitter lingo here.) I don’t even need to say this, but staying abreast of technology and social/new media is now key to finding (and even keeping) a job.