You’ve seen countless examples of tweets ranging from what people are eating, doing, watching, and every other ‘personal’ experience a person is having (some we would care NOT to learn), but it also serves as an amazing tool in our professional lives. More on that part of the story after the break. Check back and read posts by our guest contributors soon.
But what about getting the job? One man can thank Twitter all the way to the bank – because one day, this man with his head in the clouds, fired off a tweet that opened a big door back here on earth.
Self-described satellite image enthusiast Charlie Loyd’s story is one of many captivating stories about how Twitter can change lives. These stories are chronicled on Twitter Stories, an official Twitter web page dedicated to telling amazing stories where Twitter was involved, from the simple to the unfathomable.
Loyd’ story goes like this:
Charlie Loyd, a self-described satellite image enthusiast, perfected a better way to make maps with his customized approach to cloudless imagery. He tweeted a sample of his work to five top mapping companies. One of them, @MapBox, replied within three minutes.
That Tweet led to a phone call, an in-person interview, and ultimately, a job offer.
While Charlie’s experience happened very quickly, this isn’t the first time someone has landed a job because of a Tweet. Job seekers use Twitter for industry-specific networking chats (see this community-built public Google doc for a list of times and industries) and as a way to highlight their best work.
We encourage you to read more of Loyd’s story and others as well. You can learn about these stories by following the Twitter Stories account: @twitterstories.
If you’re on the job hunt and want to learn how to use Twitter to your advantage, some tips:[heading border=”#F88835″ color=”#274257″ style=”1″]For Job Candidates[/heading]
Connect: Follow people in your field. Ask intelligent questions and follow up with links to your best work. Add a link to your portfolio or resume in your Twitter profile. Make sure your photo is current.
Participate: Host a Twitter chat to join an industry conversation. Demonstrate your commitment to the community with your time and effort. Don’t just list jobs; promote your company culture and values.
Be nimble: Monitor all of your company’s Twitter accounts to be able to respond immediately to promising candidates.
Make the first move: Seek out the best talent and take an active interest in their work. Ask thoughtful questions and offer to help facilitate a conversation with a shared connection, either within your company or broader industry.