How to grow your Twitter following for professional gain

A rapidly growing source for IT jobs, how to make an impact on Twitter

Twitter is bursting with IT jobs and recruiters are increasingly finding great candidates - and soon-to-be new employees - via the succinct social media powerhouse.

Experts say you should include your Twitter handle on your resume, which means hiring managers and screeners will be checking out your feed and your followers. If the latter is a bit slim and you want to establish a stronger Twitter presence (whether for job hunting or all-around-professional awesomeness), here are tips from AllTwitter for increasing your following:

  • Best time to tweet: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Engagement increase: 30%
  • Tweets with hashtags earn twice as much attention than those without.
  • Do not use more than two hashtags, you'll lose readers’ interest.
  • Asking for a Retweet by adding "RT" or "Retweet" at the end will increase your Retweet rate by 12 times.
  • Add a good, clear, professional picture to your profile and write an engaging - and truthful - bio.
  • Keeping your tweets under 100 characters increases your engagement up by 17%.
  • Tweeting news blasts your engagement rate by 80%.
  • Use action words: verbs and adverbs. Avoid nouns and adjectives.

And, as always, if you're including your Twitter handle on your resume, ensure your profile picture and tweets are professional, family-friendly and typo-free. No wild pictures, racy subjects or profanity-laden statements. For an entire list of do-not-dos and their potential impact on your job prospects, click here.

via AllTwitter

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