Today, I want to leave you with a few thoughts from a Twitter conversation I had about marketing yourself as a young professional. I hope these insights inspire you to use Twitter in more effective ways.
These twitter conversations happen every Thursday at 8pm est by following the hashtag #u30pro (under age 30 professionals), and anyone can join. I use tweetchat.com to filter all the tweets with that hashtag. Simply sign into Tweetchat with your Twitter account and type in the “u30pro” hashtag. The site will filter the hashtags for you, AND it will automatically add #u30pro to the end of all your tweets, making it easier for you to participate in the conversation!
High school, college or grad students can glean valuable insight from participating in real-time conversations with young professionals in the field.
Some tweets that earned a lot of retweets and comments were:
- @RebeccaDenison: The difference between LinkedIn & Twitter for me is Twitter is a convo, Linked in is like an address book that updates itself.
- @sjhalestorm: The convo has to start with LinkedIn and Twitter. LinkedIn to get a solid professional network and Twitter 2 explore.
- @sydneyowen: When I got started on Twitter I just searched for anyone and everyone who is/was working in PR – and introduced myself.
- @Bleaning: Twitter is a hard tool to use at first unless you have been taught by someone. Work on creating content.
- @cassie_holman: Don’t keep your tweets private! People are less likely to connect. (That reiterates the point I made last week about using Twitter as an open sharing platform. The #u30pro community agreed.)
Another wildly retweeted one from a different chat: @cassie_holman: “Be a “person” not just a profile. Be engaging, open & spark conversations on social networks. #journchat”
You can view the complete transcript here. Join the conversation! This is a great way to jump into the Twitter community and find people to follow (who will hopefully follow you back!)
Cassie is a May 2009 University of Wisconsin-Madison Ag Journalism graduate. She recently unfolded her passion for public relations during her short stint as a PR consultant for a Madison, Wis. area non-profit and is looking to dive into the field professionally. Find Cassie on Twitter, BrazenCareerist, and LinkedIn.