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Twitter for careers advisers


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Advice for careers advisers to help students to use social media in professional development and job searching.

Advice for careers advisers to help students to use social media in professional development and job searching.

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  • What are your Hopes, Fears, expectations? – Ok let’s tweet them! What’s the best thing is about Twitter to my network and see what responses we get within the hour. Twitter is live!
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    • 1. Lucy Goetz Lucy Goetz 2012
    • 2. The Stats • • • • • Over 140 million users on Twitter 340 million tweets per day 43% of users are aged 18-34 11 new accounts created every second Companies and organisations are using Twitter for promotion, brand awareness, customer service & engagement and recruitment.
    • 3. The news breaks first on Twitter!
    • 4. Ok so what is Twitter? The social network to share and receive information instantly. If I need to find something out, Twitter is often my first port of call, the information comes to you. A live community and information feed you create and engage with. Let’s try it now…
    • 5. How do you want Twitter to help you?
    • 6. Our areas of focus today • Some of the mechanics of Twitter • Looking at how to use Twitter to promote your careers service • Personal use and professional development • How students can use it
    • 7. Let’s look at the mechanics • • • • • • Tweet – 140 characters or less @reply someone @mention Direct Message (DM) Re-Tweet (RT) Favourite
    • 8. Using Twitter in the careers service
    • 9. A Case Study!/leedslibraries
    • 10. What it does well • The account is informative, gives reason for people to follow. • Helpful information and advice, not just self promotion. • Rich sources of content. • Information has to be engaging, helpful and of interest to hold your audience, build your network and amplify your messages.
    • 11. Using Twitter 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Decide on your message and ID Set-up your profile(s) Find people to follow – People & organisations who tweet relevant & useful information, use the search function to find keywords. Listen and Learn – What are others doing on Twitter that you can. Take part in conversations & re-tweet industry news Follow Lists and create your own Link to your other online presence e.g. web content, blog, LinkedIn profile.
    • 12. Optimise your profile • Keywords, keywords, keywords! •!/UoDCPeople
    • 13. Using Twitter What do I tweet about? • Opportunities, vacancies, events, advice, job vacancy pages – retweet, tweet vacancies from your job opportunities, helpful blogposts, documents, case studies, guest blogposts, live chats. • Do you market your services to local businesses? Internship opportunities/benefits. Where can I source content? • RSS Feeds – Advice blogs on topics such as advice on applying for jobs, interviewing techniques, latest trends in recruitment, social media advice! • Other Twitter accounts. Not just your own information, your own messages. Share richly sourced content with your network so they keep coming back. • Re-tweet and credit your community. • Be creative – tweet events, new initiatives to encourage engagement – media, tips, competitions??
    • 14. What students can do with Twitter • Optimise profile – Keywords & link to other areas of online evidence of experience and expertise eg. LinkedIn profile, blog. • Follow account for vacancies posted • Research companies in desired field. What are they tweeting about? • Follow recruitment agencies and careers services for vacancies and advice & information. Make connections!
    • 15. Companies are recruiting on Twitter
    • 16. Hashtags • Hashtags are what help us filter the 200 million tweets sent a day! • They organise the discussions from Twitter users on particular topics. If you search on a particular hashtag you will see all the tweets on that topic. • Television offers the best examples: #BGT #theapprentice #thevoiceuk
    • 17. Hashtags • What are the conversations in the industry your student is looking for work in? Can they join in? • Examples - #ukemplaw #hr #banking #socialmedia ‘#financejobs #accountancyjobs • Often the more niche the better! • Using a hashtag in a tweet increases your chances of it getting noticed. It could be seen by the right people and amplified through a re-tweet.
    • 18. ACTIVITY • Search for a term • For example: A student is looking at a career in retail. Search for the term ‘retail’ and find the people on Twitter talking about topics in that industry. Who are the influencers, who are the people students need to follow and engage with?
    • 19. Lists • Another way to help filter Twitter – Users are put in ‘lists’ on Twitter when they share a similar bio, industry, areas of interested tweeted about. • See what lists a user features on to find other similar users. • Check out this list for fellow careers services on Twitter -!/helenbuz/careersservices/members See what they are doing on Twitter. • Use ‘’ as a search tool for lists.
    • 20. Twitter Tips for students • What work are you currently doing. Project work, relevance in the news to work you have done – talk about it. • Follow companies on Twitter you have worked for before and make it clear where to be contacted. • Build a relationship – See what they tweet about – what is going on in the company at the moment. • Look at topics you can engage with them on. Retweet them, mention them. • Be human but be professional
    • 21. Twitter Tips for students • Find and search the #hashtags related your industry of interest to filter tweets. For example: #ukemplaw for employment law. • Be professional on Twitter - but still be yourself • Re-tweet useful information and get re-tweeted - Be seen as a valued, helpful member of someone's network • Find top tweeters in your area of interest that you can follow and engage in conversation.
    • 22. How to Build Online Evidence of expertise • Start blogging - use a free WordPress blog (Good for SEO) • Use your blog as your hub for your social media. • Blog on topics related to the field you want to work in and spread on your other social media. (Twitter & LinkedIn) • Tweet it and use a relevant hashtag, you never know who might find it. • Blog on current topics where possible to get noticed.
    • 23. Have you Googled yourself? Mange your online presence with social media– what do people see when they search for you?
    • 24. Lists • Another way to help filter Twitter – Users are put in ‘lists’ on Twitter when they share a similar bio, industry, areas of interested tweeted about. • See what lists a user features on to find other similar users. • Use ‘’ as a search tool for lists.
    • 25. Other useful sites • Job listings, detailed information, reviews, nterview questions and process details. • Automatically collect new information from your favoured source pages on the web. • - Comprehensive Twitter Guide.