Yesterday I wrote about using Twitter to market yourself and network for your job search. One of blogs I linked to for tips on this, JobMob, commented on the post and suggested I let you know what tips I find helpful and actually use. I’m still very new to Twitter, but these beginner methods have proved advantageous to me. Be sure to check out yesterday’s links for a more comprehensive list of ideas.
Getting Started on Twitter and Actually Being Visible
1- Find your friends. Every guide to Twitter has a different take on this. Some suggest finding Tweeters (twitter users in twitter lingo) with common interests first, others suggest following Tweeters that follow you back and some say don’t follow your friends off the bat. I found some friends first, which lead me to other friends via my friend’s followers. Your goal is to follow users and have followers, too and following your friends is a great start. (That is a lot of following…)
2- Follow your heart. After I started tweeting and found some friends, I branched out to tweeters with common interests. Since I’m interested in publishing, I followed tweeters like Anne Wayman (the writer behind AboutFreelanceWriting.com), News Recruiter which tweets about people coming and going in jobs in the media world and of course, The New York Times. I also followed tweeters out of my leisure interests as well, like the New York Giants—all work and no play would make Charlotte a dull girl.
3- Tweet a whole bunch of updates. Now that you are part of the Twitterhood, be an active member! What are you doing? I like to link to blog posts that will interest my followers, like my post on making your own way in a rough economy. I can link to articles I’ve written and want to share, sites I find helpful and even talk about an interview I’m going to go on. You can ask for advice, link to your web page and really get yourself out there by finding more followers that will have an interest in your content. A fun tweet once in a while is good too. You might be tweeting via a machine, but you are still human.
4- Auto-follow your followers. I use the service TweetLater so I can automatically follow people who follow me. This will increase your immediate community and expose you to more people. Be sure to check every once in a while for spammers and people who aren’t really contributing to your conversations.
5- Don’t be afraid of Twitter Directories. Use directories like TwitDir, Twellow and Just Tweet It to find professionals in your industry to follow. This will not only help keep you up to date with industry news, but increase your real life network once you get a dialogue going with them.
6-Take a walk around your new ‘hood. Like moving to a new place, you need to get out and explore. Twitter is still pretty new, so even though a tweeter has 11,000 followers, they are still new in town, too. Use Twitter Search to scope out what’s going on and search relevant keywords (to your interests, industry, etc.) to see who comes up, and follow the ones that stand out and offer information to you. Twitter can be a job/marketing tool and enjoyable at the same time—so get out there and tweet!
(Special thanks to Jacob from JobMob for the blogging tip!)