Can you #Tweet your way to a Career?

Most people realise that LinkedIn is a key tool for presenting yourself professionally online, and a way to start building a network. However, what many don’t realise is that Twitter also has huge potential when it comes to making contacts, finding out about careers, and finding vacancies. Twitter has the benefit of being quick and easy, with the almost unlimited possibility of connecting with anyone with an account. It’s a great way to keep up-to-date with what is happening in your particular area.

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Think about your profile

Don’t forget that if you are going to start to use Twitter to help you move forward in your career, your profile should be something you are happy for employers and other professionals to see. For some, setting up separate social and professional accounts might be the way to go. Others are happy to mix the professional and more personal on one account, as it can give a fuller picture of what you are like as a person.

Who to follow?

Some ideas:

  • Companies/organisations you are interested in working for
  • Accounts relevant to your sector (see our advisers’ suggestions below)
  • Individuals working in a role you are interested in
  • People you have met – at conferences or careers events for instance

Don’t just be a follower

Twitter gives you the opportunity to engage in conversation with any of the millions of users on the network. It gives you the chance to:

  • Ask questions – of companies, individuals
  • Join conversations, put forward your view
  • Demonstrate your interest in a topic
  • Link to your activity elsewhere, such as posts on a blog, or additions to an online portfolio

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Use hashtags

A great way to browse what is out there.

Try: #gradjobs, #graduate, #placement, #intern, #workabroad, #gapyear, #CVtips

Or try your career area, such as: #creative, #maths, #teaching, #marketing

Follow Jobs Boards

Some general accounts:

@milkround_jobs, @TargetJobsUK, @ProspectsJobs, @graduatejobsUK, @yorksgradjobs

plus our own @SHUStudentJobs and @SHU_GradJobs

Some subject-specific accounts to get you started, recommended by our Employment Advisers:

Law:  @LawCareersNetUK @TheLex100 @GdnLaw @CILExLawyers @thebarcouncil   @tjobslaw @TheLawSociety @SHUCareersLaw

PR, Media and Journalism: @Journojobuk @mediaCityuk @mediaguardian @mediainfo @CIPR_UK @PRCA_UK @therealPRmoment @MaggieBamford1  @tjobsmarketing

Criminology:  @TheHowardLeague @Clinks_Tweets @NoOffenceCIC @Catch22charity @SocietyGuardian  @SHUCareersLaw

Teaching and Education:  @CYPNow  @getintoteaching  @tes  @GuardianEducation  @the_college @educationgovuk  @AndrewWaltonEA

Psychology:  @MindCharity @Psyched4Careers @BPSOfficial @SHUCareersPSP

Sociology:    @jrf_uk @BritSoci @TheSRAOrg @SHUCareersPSP

Politics:     @FastStreamUK @BBCPolitics @PubAffairs  @SHUCareersPSP

Engineering, Technology, Digital, Maths:      @MathsCareers  @SHUCareersEng @BubbleJobs  @tjobseng_tech

Creative:   @IdeasTap  @SHUCareersAD

 Science:  @naturejobs

HE, Research and Academia:  @jobsacuk  @vitae_news

Further study:   @FindAMasters

General Careers Advice: @GuardianCareers  @TheCareersBlog @TargetJobsUK  @ProspectsJobs plus of course @SHUCareers