How I use Twitter for my career and you can, too: Someone will notice you, but that’s not the end
This series is based on my experience trying to use Twitter to help write my own career story. Twitter was a little intimidating and confusing for me at first, so I’m recounting my successes and failures in advice form to help other people like me who are ready to quit being passive and unhappy with the direction other people are taking their career. In this new career climate, I’m learning I can make things happen myself.
By this point, you might at least see why using Twitter for your job search/career advancement is way more fun than traditional methods. You can be yourself! You have easy access to influential people! When someone acknowledges your presence, you feel a small victory! And it is a small victory to get noticed among all the noise on Twitter.
How to get retweeted
Being retweeted is major because it means you said something that made someone want to tell other people about you. Just keep tweeting about your blog and about topics related to your goal on Twitter. Remember when I said last time that retweeting is a good way to get people’s attention and let them know you’re listening? You’re gonna know what that feels like when it happens to you!
How I did it: I don’t know exactly how I did it; it just happened organically. That morning, I’d tweeted about one of my blog posts, and that afternoon someone retweeted it. This wasn’t even someone I was following!
I’ve been mentioned in retweets several times, but this was the most exciting one. And, to be fair, I haven’t been retweeted in a while. Unlike what I thought would happen, retweets don’t snowball into sudden attention. Don’t take it personally when people seem to ignore you again. This is Twitter, after all.
I just found some links about how to get retweeted in case you get impatient:
How to get retweeted — the formula by Louise Doherty at TwiTip.com
How to get retweeted by Guy Kawasaki at OPEN Forum
What to do when you are retweeted
Say thank you!
How I did it: “@Barry_at_IMPACT Thanks so much for the RT!”
This concludes my series recounting my beginning experience using Twitter for career advancement. This is pretty much how far I’ve gotten, so from now on I’ll post about Twitter in real time.
I would love to hear from anyone I’ve helped with my first-hand experience/advice!