7 Tips to Tweet Your Way to a Great New Job – Seriously!



Surprise! If you play it smart, you can take advantage of the 500-million Twitter account-holders to get a new job or career. Sure, it’s a daunting task, but the potential for success is terrific.

You can tweet to link up with the right people — just as well, if not better, than LinkedIn. But that’s not to say that you shouldn’t use LinkedIn and other social media. You have to make an investment in your time and energy – some research and careful thought.

For the sake of explanation, let’s consider a job search in “advertising,” but you can apply the following principles to your situation. These strategies will work in most professions. Coordinate your footwork with a blog, but more on that later.

Here’s how to tweet your way to a new job in seven ways:

1. Social analytics with Topsy

Geared for marketers and journalists, Topsy can also help professionals develop information to benefit their careers. Topsy Pro Analytics provides data of billions upon billions of tweets and other social posts.

Also, it will help users obtain multi-year posts as well as real-time tweet activity.

You can take productive action in your job search – examining hashtags, images, links, subjects, terms, trends and videos.

Access to trends is especially beneficial, especially because the information is current and topical. On a daily basis, Topsy indexes geographic locales, influence, language and social sentiment. This means users can target top influencers and learn the pros and cons about topics, and their impacts.

2. A good job search is all about relevance with relevant people

Firstly, you have to find them after you know what subject matter is relevant for your career goal. For example, advertising professionals should search topics related to advertising and marketing, and then click on “people” in the module on the left side.

In this way, you’ll discover a lot of people who are in your profession. If you know which companies for which you want to work, you can search for them, too. You’ll come across the companies’ decision-makers. Follow them and retweet their posts.

3. The value of hashtags

Businesses often use hashtags to categorize their tweets by keywords, e.g. “advertising job” or “job available.” You can, too. (See Twitter’s hashtag explanation.)

4. Twitter lists

To stay organized in your job search, create Twitter lists. So people know you’re not just a spammer, create a list in the hypothetical example, “advertising professional.” Then, tweet in this list the tweets of advertising or marketing professionals. In this way, you’re likely to attract followers.

5. Using Twitter chats

In real-time, you can tweet about your preferred topics. Use this as an opportunity to start a dialogue by asking questions. To save time and effort by not having to constantly refresh your page, you can solve this by entering the hashtag into TweetChat. You’ll get an automatic refresh.

6. Naturally, only tweet pertinent topics

OK, by now you’ve got access to the right people. So only tweet links for your particular profession. If you have enough space, include your opinion to enhance your reputation.

7. Launch an appropriate blog

On your blog, insert links to your tweets. So when prospective bosses search for your name, you’ll create a favorable impression by demonstrating relevant insights that will be appealing.

From the Coach’s Corner, see these related tips:

Best 11 Tips for a Super Elevator Pitch — Whatever you’re trying to sell – one skill you definitely need is a super elevator pitch. You need to prepare for any opportunities. Don’t be caught off guard.

Stand Out: Get a Job Interview with a Great Resume –More and more job seekers complain they don’t get acknowledgment when they apply for positions with prospective employers. It’s disappointing, especially if you’ve done your best to stand out in a crowd when jobs are scarce. Yes, it takes energy and resources for a company to respond to applicants.

Job Hunting? Tips to Land Your Dream Job with Style, Substance — Yes, the competition for jobs is ferocious. Here are proven tips to be hired for your dream job.

Discouraged in Job Hunting? Powerful Tips for the Best Job — Whether unemployed or under-employed, a person needs two things: A sense of hope and the right tools to negotiate a job. Here are both.

Need a Career Change? 10 Steps for a Career Makeover — So you think you want to change careers. Or perhaps you need a career makeover. You’re not alone. Professionals of all stripes have found they need to retool their careers or re-engineer themselves. There’s a myriad of reasons. It’s usually related to technology and a changing marketplace.

5 Tips to Shine in Your Online Job Application — To sail through the human resources filtering system, here are five online-application tips: 1. Put social media to work for you. Make certain your social media – Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter – are current, professional and show maturity. Be careful what you publish – always keep in mind your career goals.

“Commitment leads to action. Action brings your dream closer.”

-Marcia Wieder


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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry.




Why Accounting, Finance Can be Ideal Careers for Women



Women who are frustrated in their careers and who are looking to make a change might be well-served if they consider accounting or finance.

Why?

Such a career affords a better balance between a career and personal life. That’s one of the conclusions from a Mergis study. The recruiting firm conducted the study in 2011.

Disgusted WomanThe survey offers inspiration for disenchanted women.

“It is encouraging to the profession to note that both men and women are highly likely to recommend the profession to others,” says Patricia Dinunzio, the Mergis regional managing director. “But, that said, one of the greatest take-aways from this survey is that there is a clear need for accounting and finance mentorship programs.”

About 66 percent of surveyed men and women think success in accounting and finance is achieved by getting a mentor.

But only 31 percent of men and 28 percent of women have ever had a mentor.

Eighty-six percent of men and 80 percent of women say they’d advise relatives to pursue such a career.

Moreover, for young women, 88 percent of men and 86 percent of women say the career would be advantageous.

More Mergis results:

Best Practices for Encouraging Young Women to Enter the Field

— More than half of women (61 percent) and men (55 percent) believe there is a need for greater promotion of accounting and finance as a career choice for women.

— Half of the women and men surveyed claim greater mentoring programs would help.

— Thirty-five percent of women and 26 percent of men feel greater education programs about the field are necessary to pique interest.

— Greater availability of scholarship grants would also be an incentive to further promote the career, say 34 percent of women, while only 13 percent of men polled feel that to be the case.

Most Important Factors Leading to Personal Career Success in Finance and Accounting

— About half of both men (48 percent) and women (51 percent) rate accounting and finance skills and expertise as the top factor to success.

— Relationship building and personal networking came in second according to 41 percent of women and 39 percent of men.

— Forty-one percent of men believe that developing management skills is a priority as compared to only 22 percent of women who do.

— Approximately one-third of men (37 percent) and women (34 percent) claim gaining accounting and finance experience is critical to personal success.

Less Than Half (48 Percent) Of Women in Accounting & Finance Satisfied With Their Careers

— Women are less satisfied with the progression of their accounting and finance careers than men. Specifically, 59 percent of male workers in accounting and finance consider themselves to be satisfied, as opposed to 48 percent of women.

— Women in accounting and finance ranked being challenged (35 percent), compensation (27 percent) and flexibility (12 percent) as the most important factors to satisfaction in their career.

— On the other hand, men in accounting and finance ranked compensation (35 percent), being challenged (29 percent) and flexibility (12 percent) as the most important factors to satisfaction in their career.

As a result of the economy, it’s true that many accounting firms are working overtime to make their numbers. But the survey caught my eye because I’ve long believed detail-minded professionals who are good with numbers and undecided about their careers should consider a career in accounting or finance. There will always be a demand for such skills in the public and private sectors.

From the Coach’s Corner, more career advice:

Need a Career Change? 10 Steps for a Career Makeover — So you think you want to change careers. Or perhaps you need a career makeover. You’re not alone. Professionals of all stripes have found they need to retool their careers or re-engineer themselves.

Job Hunting? Tips to Land Your Dream Job with Style, Substance — Yes, the competition for jobs is ferocious. Unless you’re in accounting, healthcare, mechanical-repair or proficient in sales, good jobs are hard to find.

Career Advice — An Alternative to Applying for Jobs Online — As a job-hunter you know that a significant number of companies, nonprofits and public-sector agencies use an online tracking system to accept applications and screen out applicants. It cuts down on their paper work and saves them time.

With a Mentor, You Won’t be Alone in Making Career Decisions — You don’t have to be alone in making career decisions. No matter what you do for a living, there’s one investment on which you can count to improve your career. Plus, it won’t cost you any money.

Going to College to Improve Your Job Prospects? Make the Right Choices — Whether you’re fresh out of high school or you’ve launched a career, a college degree will improve your job prospects. Yes, it’s true employers increasingly want to hire applicants with college degrees and in many cases with advanced degrees. If you’re considering more education, however, you need to ask yourself key questions.

Only accountants can save the world! – through peace, goodwill and reconciliations.

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Author Terry Corbell has written innumerable online business-enhancement articles, and is a business-performance consultant and profit professional. Click here to see his management services. For a complimentary chat about your business situation or to schedule him as a speaker, consultant or author, please contact Terry. 

Seattle business consultant Terry Corbell provides high-performance management services and strategies.