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What is Twitter?
Information platform for communicating with other people in 140 characters or less.
How Do You Get Started?
Simple answer: go to Twitter, click “Sign Up for Twitter” and create a profile. It’s that easy. However, there are things you should think about prior to starting a Twitter account.
How do you want to use Twitter? It will be a part of your personal branding and should fall in line with your other online profiles. Twitter is helpful for connecting with your profession before you are even out of school. Follow key employers, experts in your field, and other people who can be helpful as you create your brand. It’s not all about letting people know what you had for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Follow us on Twitter: @umdcareers
The Benefits – How to Utilize Twitter
- Locally and globally build a network of professionals in your industry larger than you could imagine
- Share knowledge and content with a large audience
- Engage in conversation with future, current, and past colleagues
- Stay current with news, trends, and ideas in your future industry
- Connect with businesses and organizations that you’re interested in working for.
- Look for a job or internship
- Great learning can happen through just watching your Twitter feed. Join the conversation to expand your learning even more.
What to Tweet About
- Ask for help or advice about a professional question (such as asking someone to look at your resume)
- Tweet about a useful blog post, video, website, book, product, or service
- How your job search is progressing (nothing negative about your current role or specifically where you’re applying/interviewing)
10 Twitter Tips to Find Your New Job
- Fill in your bio
- Use a real photo of yourself that is professional
- Follow relevant people
- Connect with people
- Tweet smartly
- Offer your help
- Ask for help
- Don’t spam
- Be cautious
- Preserve your Twitter reputation
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5 Ways to Find a Job on Twitter
- Industry keywords: can be included in the content of your tweets throughout the week.
- Hashtags: follow industry news and what’s happening right now (check out #jobsearch and #careeradvice for working on the job search)
- Your Twitter bio: use keywords that describe you and what you want to do (such as including your future industry)
- Join the conversation: RT (retweet) articles, blogs, news, etc. and ask questions
To Get You Started: People/Entities to Follow
All addresses: twitter.com/_____ and the @ is not part of the URL address
@umdcareers – UMD Career & Internship Services (articles, resources, opportunities and event announcements)
- @careerealism – Top ranked career blog with great job search articles
- @coolworks – Seasonal jobs and careers in some the “coolest places on Earth”
- @Forbes – Forbes magazine
- @greenjobspider – Green job search engine
- @goinglobal – Finding jobs in the U.S. or abroad
- @heatherhuhman – Great information for entry-level job seekers
- @idealist – Idealist.org (job, internship, and volunteer positions for non-profits and other causes)
- @lindseypollak – LinkedIn expert and author of “Getting from College to Career”
- @LinkedIn – Official LinkedIn
- @simplyhired – Job search articles
- @USAJOBS – Official US Government job site
- @USNewsCareers – U.S. News and World Report
- @VaultCareers – Career and job search advice
- @Wetfeet_Career – Career information and market trends
- @WSJcareers – Wall Street Journal career advice
- @YouTern – Internship and entry-level job search advice
Related Articles and Links
- 5 Steps Make Lasting Connections with Recruiters on Twitter – Corn on the Job
- 9 Ways to Get the Most Out of Twitter – TwiTip
- 20 Twitter Guidebooks, Resources, and Tip Sheets That Turn Newbies into Pros – MediaBistro
- How to Use Twitter in Your Job Search – Resunate
- Top 100 Twitter Accounts Job Seekers Must Follow in 2012 – YouTern
- Twitter Guide Book – Mashable
- Twitter Personal Branding Checklist – Personal Branding Blog