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    How to Network Via Twitter

    Its generally accepted by most people who think about the areas of recruitment and employment that Twitter can be a very powerful job search tool indeed. Whether youre finding your first job, aiming to switch jobs, changing careers, or looking for work experience or a voluntary placement, Twitters instant real-time nature makes it a job-seeking networkers dream. However, to prevent that dream turning into a nightmare, its important to network on Twitter in the right way. Here are some tips for becoming a pro networker on Twitter and thus enhancing your chances of landing the job you really want. Also check out Position Ignitions eBook called 125 Twitter Job Search Tips.

    1. Use your own name when you sign up, as this is a signal to others that youre there to be open and honest and make genuine connections as yourself.

    2. Upload a photo of yourself to your profile that shows a lot of your face. The closer up your face is in the photo, the more personaland therefore trustworthythe picture appears.

    3. Dont lock your Twitter account. If someone has to request to follow you so they can see your tweets, this defeats the purpose of using Twitter to network.

    4. Even the greatest tweeters started with a single tweet. Instead of looking at your

    blank, new Twitter profile for days on end, get that first tweet out of the way. Say what youre on Twitter for, why you decided to join, or, simply, that youre having an interesting time finding a new job at the moment!

    5. Be clear on the types of people you want to attract and connect with. As a job

    searcher, to know which people will help you, you need to know what you want.

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    Decide upon the job youre actually after and itll become a lot clearer who you need to engage with on Twitter.

    6. Use directories of Twitter users to look for people and organisations directly related

    to your ideal job. The most well-known Twitter directory is Twellow. You can also list yourself on it so people can find you too.

    7. Once youve started following people, give them a reason to follow you backit wont

    happen automatically. Each time you start following someone, tweet them (by putting their @username in front of your tweet) to explain how you found them and why youre following. This is a great way of showing people that youre not just spam-following but are genuinely interested in building a relationship.

    8. Even if someone doesnt follow back after you do this, continue to engage with them

    by replying to their tweets and RTing them. 9. Start a conversation with anyone who

    @replies you or RTs you, even if theyre not following you yet. It may turn out that you both see something of value in the other and end up following one another.

    10. Every time someone follows you,

    check out their profile and click on their link. Leave a comment on their blog or website or comment to them about it back on Twitter. This shows that you really appreciate the follow.

    11. Once youve made a connection with

    someone and have had a few good conversations with them, continue to interact with them on a regular basis. You relationship will grow and flourish. Just like any other kind of networking, Twitter networking isnt about the number of contacts you can get, but about the quality of relationship you have with each and every one of your contacts.

    12. Network with employers by sending them tweets and links about their sector,

    industry or something youve seen in the media about them. This will convince organisations that youre genuinely interested in their field. Showing a company that youre tracking it in the media also demonstrates that you have a particular interest in that organisation and that youre willing to do your research on it.

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    13. Join in tweetchats relevant to job seeking. A tweetchat is a Twitter conversation, typically held at a pre-arranged, regular weekly time, between a group of Twitter users, and using a specific hashtag to identify the discussion. For instance, you may be interested in chats such as #JobHuntChat and #careerchat.

    14. Attend tweet-ups. These are meetings and social get-togethers in real life arranged

    on Twitter, by tweeters. If your own personal Twitter network of followers and followees are related to your profession, then any tweet-up you organize between all of you will be a valuable experience, as face-to-face networking will help cement your relationships.

    15. Follow up on a tweet-up by tweeting anyone you truly connected with at the event,

    just to say it was nice to talk to them. You never know where it could lead. This checklist has been created by Position Ignition Ltd, one of the UKs leading career consulting companies and founders of the Career Ignition Club. Please contact enquiries@positionignition.com for more information or to suggest additional resources.