Want to know more about a certain career field or job? Have a cover letter, resume or interview question? Twitter chats are an easy, low key way to get your questions answered, get involved AND get your name out there. You never know who might be participating. Not only that, career chats can be fun! It’s easy to jump right in.
How it works
Chats are centered around a common interest, theme or topic and take place at a set time and date. Many last for about an hour. Typically, a moderator starts off the conversation with questions and explains the format for the answers. You can respond with your answer or just follow along without responding to see what everyone else is saying. Below are two screenshots with tweets from the moderator.
As you can see in the third screen shot (below), the moderator (OpenMicCareerChat) asked a question related to the theme for that week’s chat. The theme was salary negotiation.
Here’s a tweet in response:
Don’t forget to use the hashtag (in the examples above, it’s #OMCchat) so everyone can see your reply. You don’t have to answer every question, and can hop off the chat anytime you want. Depending on the chat, you’ll find a wide variety of people who participate, including career experts, job seekers, recruiters, college career center staff, company recruiters and more. The beauty of the chat is that everyone’s input is welcomed. The goal is to get a conversation going and learn from each other.
There are many ways you can follow a chat. You can follow along and participate using Twitter, use TweetChat or HootSuite or use the chat hashtag in the Twitter search box to see new replies as they come in. It’s a bit hard to see below, but in this case, we typed #jobhuntchat in the search bar. Click “All” to see the most recent tweets. It will continue to refresh with new tweets as they come in.
During the chat
People will be tweeting, replying to tweets, re-tweeting and “favoriting.” Once you feel comfortable, feel free to do the same. You may encounter a few side conversations, greetings and introductions as well.
After the chat
Follow up by following any of the people who sparked your interest during the chat. This is a great way to connect and network.
Can’t make the chat or felt like it went by too fast?
Chats can move at a very quick pace. In the beginning, you may feel like you missed out. Not to worry! You can always go back and search the chat hashtag again to take a look at the discussion that took place. This is also a good thing to do if you want to research the chat BEFORE you take part in it. Look at the previous chat session. Again, to do this – simply type the hashtag in the search bar. It’s a good idea to observe the chat first, just to get an idea of how things flow.
Conversations move quickly, with people retweeting answers that resonate with them, as well as giving their own answers. Some chats are more informal and free flowing than others. Observe and participate in a few to see which are the best fit for you.
Chats To Check Out:
#internpro, Great for young people just entering the workforce.
Topics: internships, networking, interviewing & more. Monday at 9 pm EST, Moderator: @YouTern
#jobhuntchat, Monday at 10 p.m. EST Various moderators including @Blogging4jobs
#tchat (workplace “hot topics” from hr and recruiting to career management) Wednesday at 7 pm various moderators: @TalentCulture
#CareerServChat (dedicated to engaging college students and graduates in the career development process and answering career and job related questions)
Thursdays, 9 PM, EST. Moderators @ChaimShapiro, @CareerDrEliz, @RichCareer, @E_fields
#OMCchat (OpenMicCareerChat) Fridays, 12:00 PM, EST
Moderators: @CyndyTrivella, @TomBolt & @LevyRecruits
Where to find more chats in your industry/field?
Here’s a great place to start: http://tweetreports.com/resources/twitter-chats-list/
Career chats on Twitter can be a good way to make new connections, learn answers to your career related questions, get suggestions for your job search and promote yourself. Give one or two chats a try and let us know what you think!
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