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While many human resource employees frown upon unconventional ways to attract attention (like scented paper or confusing resumes), you can easily gain an edge by using Twitter to your full advantage. Millions of people use Twitter everyday but it’s only the so-called power users who have learned to harness the natural power of networking that the platform provides.
When looking for a job, find out if there’s anyone from the company that you’re looking for a position with on Twitter. If so, feel free to follow that person. Connecting to another person via their Twitter account easier and less formal than requesting a friendship on Facebook, for instance. You can gain tips, information and an insider’s look of how people in the company that you want to work for think and express themselves.
Feel free to repeat the “follow” process with other people who are in the same industry, even if they don’t work for the company that you’d like to secure a job at. This shows a potential employer that you have an interest in the industry as a whole and a need to keep updated about the business the company is in. When you do follow, feel free to insert yourself in conversations or to retweet information the people you follow share. This helps to establish you as being able to add something to the conversation.
Finally, one of the most overlooked but useful functions that Twitter provides is a way chat in real time with industry experts – Twitter chats. Look at lists of chats or see if the people you follow participate in any. It’s a great way to network and hear ideas that you can use in your job search.