How to find a graduate job using Twitter

Find out how you can use Twitter to network, gather information and ultimately get ahead in the gradate job hunt

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A great blog on using Twitter for Job hunting by TARGEtjobs

If you’ve just been using Twitter to post photos of your cat or complain about how hungover you are, it may be time to think about giving your profile a professional makeover so you can use it to build relationships with people who could help you land that elusive graduate job. You could even set up a new Twitter account specifically for this purpose.

Twitter can be used for more than just hunting for job opportunities: it can be an effective tool for networking, gathering information and engaging in conversation on topical issues in your field of interest. Think of it as a very busy, enormous, endless party filled with influential people. This is your chance to listen in to what they are saying and contribute to the conversation.

Think of Twitter as a very busy, enormous, endless party filled with influential people.

Getting set up on Twitter

If you’re new to Twitter or are setting up a new account, it’s well worth investing some time thinking about your profile. Rather than rushing through the setup process spend some time thinking about your Twitter profile.  Consider it your shop window – your twitter handle, bio, header image and profile picture will be the first things people (including potential employers) will see. Think about what impression you want to give. For example, if you want to project yourself as a young professional committed to a career in finance @partyanimal123 probably shouldn’t be your Twitter handle.

Your bio should contain a snapshot of what you do or what you are interested in doing. It should be a professional description of yourself that makes use of key words so that your profile is picked up in searches. It’s also a good idea to include a link to your blog, website or LinkedIn profile if you have one. If potential employers do visit your profile, they can then click through to see examples of your best work or to just find out more about you. You only have 160 characters for your bio though, so keep it concise.

Twitter as a source of information

Following people and organisations that interest you will help you to sift through the white noise and tailor your newsfeed. Remember relevance is key. For example, you might follow industry organisations and training providers, employers that interest you and individuals working for these employers. Following people is your chance to keep up to date with topical issues and trends, see what influencers think and also to observe the connections between key people in your field.

Twitter as a networking tool

Don’t get hung up on follower ratios and try not to get lost in the popularity battle. Instead, focus on tweeting meaningful and interesting content and building up relevant contacts. Join the conversation! Tweet about issues in your field, retweet relevant articles and other topical content and try to establish a regular dialogue with others in your industry.

Take opportunities to offer congratulations to an employer you’re interested in, for example, if they win an industry award. Keep an eye out for media mentions of significant individuals or organisations and tweet a comment about it using the person’s Twitter handle and a link to the article. Twitter is a great way to bypass the gatekeeper and connect with people directly.

Look out for relevant trending topics and if you think you can contribute something that will enrich the conversation or debate – tweet it! Often, organisations run hashtag campaigns to make their presence felt. If you spot one run by an organisation you’re interested in, try to take part.

With around 500 million tweets sent every day, hashtags are also an effective way of finding content that interests you and exchanges that you can become a part of. If used well, they can also help you to expand your Twitter audience.

Using Twitter for self-promotion

If you produce content elsewhere that you want to promote – for example, if you have a blog – then Twitter is a good way to push it out to people who might be interested. Don’t do this relentlessly though – people will get fed up and probably unfollow you.

You can flag up your own content to a particular person or organisation by including their Twitter handle in your tweet. In many ways your tweets can tell a potential employer much more about you than your CV or a reference can.

Remember: you are what you tweet.

Twitter etiquette

  • Do say more with less – it’s good practice.
  • Do make use of applications such as Tweetdeck or Hootsuite to organise the people you follow into columns.
  • Don’t click on dodgy links as you may get hacked.
  • Don’t plagiarise or retweet anything that might be libellous or offensive.

Check out TARGETjobs on Twitter!

Looking for views, news, tips and chat about graduate jobs? Why not check out TARGETjobs on Twitter? Our main feed is @targetjobsUK.

Interested in a specific profession? You’ll pick up lots of useful updates from our expert sector editors. Connect with them via our sector feeds:

@TjobsMarketing for news and advice about internships and graduate careers in marketing, media, publishing, advertising and PR.

@TjobsLaw for news and advice about careers in law, covering training contracts, pupillages and work experience.

@TjobsFinance for news and advice about graduate careers in finance, with the latest on internships and graduate schemes in accountancy, investment banking, financial services, retail banking, audit and insurance.

@TjobsEng_Tech for news and advice about graduate schemes, placements and internships in engineering and technology.

@TjobsConsult for news and advice about graduate careers in management consulting, with updates about internships and graduate schemes.

@TjobsBuilding for news and advice on graduate careers in construction, building services, property, civil engineering and surveying, and the latest on placements, internships and graduate schemes.

You can also keep up with the latest on internships, placements and work experience via @TJobsInterns. For quick tips on getting hired and reminders of when applications for graduate jobs are opening and closing, make sure you follow @Targetjobs_jobs.

Thinking about postgrad study? We’ve got that covered too, over on @TARGETpostgrad.

Stop by and say hello – we’d love to know how you’re getting on. Happy tweeting!

Courtesy of  TARGETjobs

If you have graduated from The University of Stirling, you are entitled to use the full range of services at the Careers and Employability Service. To access our vacancy pages or to book an appointment with a Careers and Employability Consultant you will need to register  with our new system ‘Target Connect’. If you have already registered please login here.

Graduate Internship opportunities via the Stirling Internship

The Stirling Internship Programme has been created to help businesses and organisations access the knowledge and skills of University of Stirling students through offering paid internships during the vacation period.  Many of the internships are with small to medium sized local employers who are looking to recruit graduates full-time in the longer term.  This is a great opportunity to work for a growing business, who you never know may be a future Apple or Amazon!
 
Interships Available:
 
Paws for Progress CIC/ Communications and Development Intern 
Seeking a communications and development intern to support the role of Operations and Development Manager to deliver the aims of our strategic plan. As a new and small-scale Community Interest Company, we are seeking a highly motivated intern with excellent communication and IT skills. 
 
Tern Television Productions Ltd/ In Tern Intern(Media)
  1. Production Management. Assist the Production Manager and Production Coordinator in all the practical arrangements for the production, from research and recce through filming to edit, reconciling the ambition of the producer/director with the available budget.
  2. Edit assistant. Assist the facilities manager in managing and processing material from shoots to allow editors to work with it. Edit taster tapes (sizzles) for presentation to commissioning editors in support of Tern proposals.

More information and how to apply

SV24-7 Vending/Marketing Intern

 
  • To outline the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats faced by us from our competitors
  • To set up a database and assist with segmenting the information across a range of criteria to better identify the target markets.
  • To work with the Director on current marketing materials such as monthly newsletters to our key customers, radio and social media campaigns.
  • To assist with the re-development of the website and setting up of our wholesale division
  • To combine all of the above to produce a paper which will form the basis of a Strategic Marketing/Operational Plan for the business moving forward.

More information and how to apply

Resource Coordinator vacancy via the Stirling Internship Programme

Talented graduates, you could kick start your career with an innovative internship opportunity at one of the UK’s small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

We are working with Santander to connect University of Stirling graduates with SMEs, giving you the opportunity to develop your skills and employability in a full time paid position.

The graduate internships offer project-based work for a full-time three month period and many offer the potential for longer term employment.

We are currently advertising a number of positions including the Resource Coordinator position for You Train, this is a fantastic opportunity to become an integral member of the recruitment team at YouTrain, based in their head office in Stirling. They are looking for an ambitious individual willing to contribute their own ideas, skills and expertise, helping to expand this area of our business. This section of the business primarily works alongside the needs of employers to recruitment Apprentices into their workforce.

Find out more about the internship 

Closing date 15/04/2014

Santander Universities Events and Digital Communications Internship – Initial 6 Month Period (London)

Role Description

The purpose of this role is to support the Events and Digital Communications Manager in the planning and co-ordination of a range of national and global events as well as the development of Santander Universities online presence. The role will focus on a variety of tasks including management of events guest lists, coordination of the team Newsletter, management of university weblinks, web design and maintenance and various other adhoc projects throughout the year.

A summary of potential work areas are listed below:

Key Responsibilities

  • Event coordination and administration
  • Ownership of the Santander Universities Newsletter
  • Management of the project to enhance Santander Universities web presence specifically within University websites
  • Diary and agenda planning for key events, senior Santander management and high profile guests
  • Assistance with the creation of branch DVD’s advertising the division
  • Assistance with the Santander Universities WebPages and microsites
  • Assistance with the Yearbook and updating of any other promotional events material

Skills and attitudes:

 

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Creativity
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office suites
  • The ability to manage projects from beginning to end
  • The ability to prioritise work
  • Efficiency and dedication

Applicants must have already graduated from university prior to applying and previous experience within digital marketing is preferred but not essential

Behaviours:

 

Highly driven, with a Can do, Will do attitude

Proactive self starter

Resilient and positive attitude when dealing with obstacles or problems

Enthusiasm for the university network and the bank

To apply please send a copy of your CV with a covering letter to Ceris Thomas by email or post:

 

Cerislouise.thomas@Santander.co.uk

0207 756 4335

Santander Universities

TS4 A38

2-3 Triton Square

Regents Place

London NW1 3AN

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: Friday 8th November 2013