On average, searching for a job takes 211 days. This is a long time for 9.2% of America’s population to remain without a source of income. The multitudes of jobseekers are utilizing every resource to be hired as soon as possible. Twitter has proven to be an effect way to communicate with employers in the midst of the social networking revolution.
In business, who you know can be more important that what you know when seeking a job. Twitter facilitates the formation of these vital new contacts. Other benefits of Twitter include:
- Discovering job opportunities
- Attracting people with similar interests
- Researching employers
- Expanding your network
- Branding yourself
- Increasing your visibility
- Linking into an industry
Professional “tweeters” must use the site carefully in order to boost their image rather than destroy it. The following chart contains tips on how to use Twitter in this way:
|Track progress regularly
||Keep up with your account. Employers will use interest if it they don’t hear from you for two-weeks.
|Understand your limits
||Maintain a professional post format. Do not use the same Twitter profile to communicate with friends and companies.
|Be selective about who you follow
||Following too many people will overwhelm you with information. Only follow people who post valuable and informative tweets that are relative to your interests.
|Establish your credibility early on
||Create an online profile and post your resume. Post a link to this profile on Twitter so that your followers can check it out.
|Be consistent with your updates
||Post consistently so that the people who follow you maintain interest in your profile, without feeling as if they know too much about your life. Find a balance between both extremes.
|Communicate with key employers
||Reply to their posts or re-tweet them. Twitter will notify them of your activity and the likelihood that they will look at your profile will greatly increase.
|Build your Twitter relationships into email relationships
||Once you make the initial contact with an employer, it is good to build that relationship. If they are hiring, they will most likely contact you via email in order to get to know you better.
Create a Twitter profile to become more informed, better connected, and end your job hunt today!
I love text messaging. And statistics show I’m not alone. According to a study from The Nielsen Company, teenagers (13-17) send an average of 3,339 text messages per month. Studies focus on text messaging in young generations but adult texting is on the rise. Adults (45-54) send and receive an average of 323 texts a month. This is a 75% increase from the previous year (Figure 1).
Figure 1: Text Usage by Age
The texting revolution in the personal lives of all age groups has infiltrated modern business communication. It is important to understand when to text rather than call, as well as, how to send a professional text message. Tips on when to text, email, or call are in the chart below.
-Checking meeting details
-If a colleague specifies text messaging as preferred communication
-Messages over 160 characters
-Messaging past office hours
-If in a rush (avoid errors in text messages)
If you decide to use text messaging, there are many guidelines on how to text a colleague correctly. We all text our friends and family, but here are some transitioning tips on how to text colleagues in the modern business world.
- Professional texting relationships do not imply personal texting relationships.
- Limit texts to office hours only (in most cases). Unlike email, text messages are instant and are not checked voluntarily in an inbox.
- Avoid slang.
- Do not send a text and email. Smartphones receive both on the same device and you do not want to bombard your colleague.
- Send a text one time only.
- Appropriate word choice is essential. You should edit a text message as if it were an email.
Text messaging is an instant and effective mode of communication in modern businesses. When used appropriately, texts can accentuate, not replace, communication between professionals.