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Twitter For New Opportunities

September 7, 2011

Kristian Smith (@kristian_s89) is a recent journalism grad from the University of Tennessee.

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By Kristian Smith

This may sound strange, but I really enjoy job searching. I constantly had internships in college, and even now, as a recent grad with a full time job, I still look for part-time and temporary writing and editing gigs. There is just something about finding a great opportunity that cannot be matched. While I have used all kinds of ways to find ways jobs (newspaper ads, Craigslist, websites), I have recently spent most of my time using Twitter to job search. There are many aspects of Twitter that make it the perfect job searching outlet, but I have learned that old-school job searching shouldn’t be forgotten.

Also, if you’re just starting out and want experience, follow and interact with smaller companies – many start-ups and small companies don’t have the money or prestige to post on major sites so Twitter followers have exclusive access to job postings.

One of the main advantages of job searching on Twitter is accessibility – you have access to companies that you cannot normally contact. Instead of endlessly searching online for an email address or phone number (from which you will rarely get a reply),you can follow and interact with companies or people that you aspire to work for or with. Companies like MTV and Conde Nast have specific Twitter accounts for their job postings, giving their followers exclusive access to postings.  Also, if you’re just starting out and want experience, follow and interact with smaller companies – many start-ups and small companies don’t have the money or prestige to post on major sites so Twitter followers have exclusive access to job postings. Especially when it comes to internships, these types of places will give you more hands-on experience than larger companies where you will spend most of your time getting coffee and making copies.

One pro and con of Twitter when it comes to job searching is its fast pace. If you follow a specific company, you may have access to job postings before those not in the Twitterverse, but you must be vigilant about expressing interest in a job. If you see a job you are interested in, at the very least, reply to the tweet or message the company. If you don’t strike quickly, the posting could easily get lost in your timeline and become a missed opportunity (Editor’s note: use the “Favorite” function on Twitter to save tweets!). Unlike traditional job search websites, it is not easy to search Twitter for specific tweets, so you must act fast.

One disadvantage of job searching on Twitter is its casual nature. Most college students and recent grads now know that employers will look at their Facebook profile during the hiring process, but job seekers need to be just as careful about their Twitter accounts. On traditional job search websites, all employers see is your resume, which is usually crafted to show off your best attributes. If you reply to a tweet or message a company, make sure your Twitter is free from pictures and tweets about things like partying, hating work and profanity. If you are using Twitter to look for jobs, keep it clean and professional. If you must, have separate Twitter accounts for job searching and for personal use.

Whether you use Twitter or any other means of job searching, be diligent and you will be sure to find a great job!

Why do you love, or hate, Twitter as a job search tool?

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Kuei-Ti Lu September 8, 2011 at 4:33 am

I like Twitter for job searching because many positions are not on other sites. However, I often have to email the hiring manager for details about a job.

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