Most everyone knows and agrees that LinkedIn is the social network to use for networking and career development. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only one.
Case in point: Twitter. Now, I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes right now. I know that a lot of people think Twitter is just a bunch of different people telling you every detail of their day. But trust me, it can be a very valuable, resourceful and educational tool when developing your career. Not only do employers often tweet insider leads on job openings via Twitter, but they also link to very insightful articles and deliver tips that may give you an inside edge on the next opportunity you pursue.
Take this story from Elizabeth Glau, the owner of Building Blocks Social Media. She discovered how powerful Twitter can be when used at industry conferences – specifically how it can lead to networking opportunities:
On Twitter, I have connected to and become better acquainted with many people in the hospitality and events industry who live in different parts of the world. I found a few Twitter mentors whom I could emulate. I quickly found people who were tweeting interesting and educational things.
I highly recommend you read the entire article to see first-hand how Elizabeth became a believer in Twitter.
How about you? How have you found Twitter to be useful in your career planning?