Twitter is not perhaps the first social media platform that you might think of when trying to bolster your executive job search. Outlets such as LinkedIn, and professional blogs garner most of the praise as
effective online profile tools. However, Twitter does just as capably serve as a valuable instrument in your Senior Executive career move. Twitter, when utilised appropriately, can assist job seekers establish great online visibility. It enables its members access to professional networks, to participate in industry-themed discussions, and to demonstrate their personalities and interests even before acquiring a job in the field. Follow a few simple tips and let Twitter help you to maximise social networking effectiveness. Professionalise your profile Forget about the witty one-liners to start. Before any other action is taken, choose a username, photo, and profile biography that present a professional image to prospective employers. As Jobvite’s Finnigan puts it, treat your Twitter profile like your online business card. Make sure that your profile imparts who you are and what skill sets you can provide to potential employers. If necessary, add links to a personal webpage or your LinkedIn profile to ensure that all essential professional information is visible. There is also a fine line and certain rules to follow when merging your
personal profile with your professional profile. Do not use your Twitter account to share silly party photos or to indulge your obsession with humorous YouTube videos. However, it is valuable to share any insight into interesting hobbies you may have and present yourself as the rounded person you are – its not all about work, work work! Follow the leaders Twitter can also be a great outlet to make contact with individuals that you will not have access to by other means. These people can be potential mentors or prominent industry figures you might not be able to communicate with through other channels. Follow people you admire in the profession. If you’re not familiar with individuals, search for companies you have an interest in and locate individuals within those firms that you can follow on Twitter. Begin contact by “retweeting” some of their best posts, or tweets. Another method that can be adhered to is to use the “@” symbol and their handle to directly tweet them a compliment; you can even share an article of interest, demonstrating your interest in the field as well. After a few interactions, try sending a brief private message to let them know you’re job searching and have an interest in working with them. Once you’ve captured their attention that way, they’ll likely be more inclined to check out your resume and consider hiring you. Use appropriate “Twittiquette” More than any other social media platform, Twitter is all about give and take. Shrewd Twitter users create a balance between sharing their own opinions and retweeting others’ content, starting conversations by directing tweets at other people, and responding to the persons who tweet at them. When someone starts following you, consider repaying the compliment by following their feeds as well. If your Twitter feed is nothing but an endless stream of self-promotion, you’ll quickly loose the interest of others. Use a little bit of diplomacy and social graces, and Twitter will reciprocate in turn. Twitter can appear daunting at first. However, it is important to remember that on-line networking is very similar to traditional networking; many of the rules you already are adept at still apply. Be polite, intriguing and interested in others; most of all simply be yourself. Allow employers to see you as a well-rounded individual with outside interests and pursuits. When used effectively, Twitter is a fantastic way to help employers get to know the real you. Once you’re up to speed with how to use your Twitter account, search and apply for the latest Senior Executive roles we have added to the database and let recruiters find you. View the top vacancies just added to the CI database –Executive Jobs, CEO Jobs, CFO Jobs. Hotspots include – the Middle East, Qatar and Singapore.