Twitter can help you land a job.
It’s true. When used appropriately, Twitter is a great tool that can help you make the right connections and share the right information all the way into a job.
While Twitter offers job seekers a lot of different ways to get noticed and get hired, for this post, I’m going to focus on the Twitter #chat.
If you didn’t know already, Twitter #chats are scheduled public conversations with set topics. Participants use pre-determined hashtags to keep track of the conversation. Tweeps in the know often will use a tool like TweetChat, which helps track these #chats.
After racking my brain for all the tips I could offer, I’ve come up with these top six tips for job seekers who want to use Twitter #chats:
Before you become a Twitter chatting aficionado, you must prepare. In order to even join a chat, you need a Twitter account, but that is not all you have to do to prepare.
In order to rock your first chat, make sure your Twitter profile represents your brand. Pick a dashing profile pic, summarize yourself in the “about” section, and add a link to your blog or another profile. It will take you all of 10 seconds, so make it count. You may even want to personalize your background.
Pick the right #chat
Now that you have a shiny, new account, it’s time to pick your #chat. There are hundreds of Twitter #chats out there, tackling every subject available in dozens of languages, so you need to pick the right one.
For job search, we recommend #jobhuntchat (Mondays at 10PM ET), #HFChat (Fridays at noon ET), #careerchat (Tuesdays at 1PM ET), and our very own chat, #ProCircles (Every other Thursday at 8PM ET)! Also keep an eye out for chats that are specific to your industry.
It seems obvious, but to the new Twitter #chat participant, introductions can be daunting. As the chat starts, make sure you pop in a quick hello! Make sure you include your name and why you’re in this chat.
Be a follower
All chats have a mixture of participants and thought leaders. The people worth listening to will make themselves known early on. Whether it’s an employer in your area or someone who dispenses advice, feel free to follow them here. After all, that’s why they’re chatting!
Offer your two cents
You might not be an expert, but definitely speak up in these chats! Offer your opinion and respond to the questions that fuel this conversation. Make sure you are succinct and to the point, after all, you only have 140 characters!
After the chat, know that your responses will be archived on your own profile, so make sure they all put you in the best light.
Become a regular
Last, but not least, find a chat you like and come back. After a couple chats, you’ll be a regular and establish relationships with other regulars…who might just be in a position to get you hired!