Every Monday morning look for a digital “wake up” on the latest website, technology, or app and how they can help your job search.
Today we’re going to dive in to Twitter:
What is it? Twitter is a micro-blogging service that allows users to “tweet” short messages of 140 characters or less to “followers”. Chances are you probably already knew that. But if you’re just getting out from under that rock, check out Twitters FAQ page for the basics.
So what? Twitter revolutionized the communications industry. The public relations field has to deal with instant feedback from customers. Advertisers are creating campaigns specifically for Twitter. And tweeting is a must if you are a journalist looking to gain a wider audience for your work.
Should I start tweeting? You should if you plan to work in the communications industry. This doesn’t mean you need to tweet what you had for breakfast every morning. Keep it simple. Follow people who interest you, tweet stuff you like, interact with companies, professionals, and organizations that you admire. Twitter is growing and it’s likely to stick around for a while.
Should I put my twitter handle on my resume? It depends. Social media is reshaping resumes and job searching. There isn’t a precedent for this type of thing. A good rule to follow is if your twitter account makes you look like a professional and interesting person, put it on there. If you just use your account for tweeting your friends, you’re probably okay to just leave it off. The job market will probably dictate how twitter will be utilized in the future, but it’s still working itself out.
How can this get me a job? Take a look at this article from Applicant.com, “50 Ways to Use Twitter as a Job Search Tool”. You don’t need to do everything on this list, but it basically comes down to being professional and interacting with the field your interested in.
Remember to tweet @COMcareers if you have any questions.
Alright, Coffee break over. Happy Monday.