Get in the Twitter Game

Twitter is everywhere.  It is on your computer as an application (http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/19/t-top-20-twitter-applications/), your phone (http://mashable.com/2008/12/21/twitter-mobile-applications/) and maybe even your t-shirt.

The fact is, Twitter is everywhere and everyone it talking about it.  Jon Stewart isn’t such a big fan though (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v-OH285DdNM) but the craze is here and growing rapidly.

Whatever your reason for being on Twitter, follow people who might give you valuable insight to it and how best to utilize the technology.  It is never too early or too late to practice good Twitter-tips.  I like Dan Schawbel (@danschawbel) as he provides a variety of tips on Twitter and on Personal Branding which is his specialty.  While I do not agree with everything he puts out, it is very topical and gives some good exposure to different areas.

Build a network of what is of interest to you; jobs, technology, news, politics, finance, gaming, sports, dating, or whatever else and build a common interest theme.  Then, add people outside of this concentration to allow you to join a plethora of conversations and get exposed to a lot of areas.

Once you are on Twitter, join the conversation.  The best way to build your network is to be heard.

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Own your personal message

There is a lot of talk these days surrounding recruiting, social networking and personal branding.  It is up to you to control where you are and how you are recognized.

 

Jessica Lee wrote on this topic and issues surrounding all individuals, it was a terrific piece (http://www.jessicaleewrites.com/my_weblog/2009/02/but-even-my-fellow-recruiters-dont-get-personal-branding.html) and very relevant to what a lot of us go through.

 

I am on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Digg but hadn’t thought of RecruitingBlogs.com until I read her page.  Sometimes you may get complacent out there with what you are most comfortable, and while this is fine, but also expand to a few other areas as well.  The warning here is not to overextend your capacity but own the means for which you maybe found professionally.

 

Personal branding is a very interesting topic and there are many facets to consider.  The most important is for you to drive the message and not be driven over by perception.

I’m Back

I’m back, up and running and hope you enjoy the new design.  I will continue to make enhancements along the way but look forward to connecting with you and your comments on any of my topics.

 

All the best ~