On Friday, we talked about some of the brand new updates that Twitter has begun rolling out this month and why they are so important to businesses looking to maximize their outreach on the social media platform.
As we mentioned, these updates will be a big game changer for businesses when it comes to exposing their brand, recruiting efforts, and leads.
But these big changes will benefit more than just businesses. They’ll also make a big impact on job seekers, too.
Believe it or not, your professional social media presence is similar to that of a business’–you are responsible for maintaining your image (i.e. brand), your credentials, and much more.
And, since “54% of recruiters turn to Twitter when vetting candidates”–which Mashable contributor Stephane Le Viet believes “is likely to increase” due to the new features–it only makes sense that job seekers take the time to update their handles too, in order to benefit from the redesign.
To show you how do that, here are a few ways to take advantage of Twitter’s new layout in order to better your chances of landing a job on your next job hunt. Take a look below:
- The visual resume. Twitter has gone more visual than ever, with its banner update, embedded videos/photos, and filter feature. Take advantage of this by creating a profile that will show off your professional side.
For example, you can add a formal headshot or semi-formal photo for your profile image, a personalized, but tasteful banner, and a nice selection of career-oriented videos and images that you find relate to your work ethic and credentials.
- “Pinned” and best tweets. Gone are the days of sequential tweets. With Twitter’s new “pinned” tweets and best tweets, you have a chance to choose what your Twitter profile says about you.
Take advantage of the “pinned” tweet feature by showing off your credentials, work ethic, or whatever you think is the number one trait that will get you hired. As for the best tweets, a lot will depend on your followers, but you can take advantage of the feature by strategically tweeting and retweeting (hopefully get others to return the favor) what you think will showcase your qualifications as a professional.