Twitter has transformed from a silly social networking site into a true workplace tool. Job hunters can score their dream positions with the help of a few well-placed tweets, but only if they use their Twitter accounts correctly. Maximize your chances of scoring a job on Twitter by sticking to these useful do’s and don’ts:
Do: Tweet your resume or examples of your work
Today’s average recruiter spends a surprising amount of time on Twitter and, upon stumbling across an impressive portfolio or resume, is far more inclined to reach out with a job offer.
Don’t: Use too much netspeak or too many hashtags
One or two hashtags may be ideal for getting a message across or helping recruiters pinpoint your profile, but a collection of six or seven hashtags in one tweet looks messy and unprofessional. Likewise, while it’s good to keep tweets short and succinct, it is also wise to minimize netspeak.
Do: Regularly update your account
A Twitter account won’t help you very much if it’s just sitting and gathering dust. Make a point of updating your page at least a few times a week. If you don’t have anything new to tweet about your job search, consider sharing a link to an article that you believe will be useful for your followers.
Don’t: Spam your followers with hundreds of tweets each day
Regular updates are essential for success on Twitter, but by the same token, it is best to avoid posting dozens of tweets every hour. Job hunting on Twitter is most successful when the prospective employee knows a thing or two about moderation.
Although a Twitter account can prove incredibly useful in the midst of a job search, it will not automatically land you that dream job. But if you keep your account professional and tasteful, there’s no telling what opportunities might arise.