How To Reach Out On Twitter After Applying For A Job

Posted June 03, 2013

Twitter is a great tool for job seekers. It can be used for personal branding, networking and even researching potential employers. But after you’ve submitted your resume, should you use Twitter to reach out to the hiring manager and follow-up on your application? And how long should you wait to do so? Here are several expert tips about utilizing Twitter for job search follow-up:

Connection is Good, Nagging is Not

Elizabeth Poole When following up via Twitter after submitting an application or going through an interview process, the key is to engage. Nagging the corporate Twitter account with questions about your chances, or when you should expect to hear back, is really bordering on spam. Instead, build rapport with the company through social media and stand out in a positive way.  -- Elizabeth Poole,

Determine If It’s Appropriate But Don’t Push It

Alan Carniol There are appropriate and inappropriate times to reach out on Twitter. There’s nothing wrong with interacting with a company through Twitter by answering questions they pose or bringing up an important industry occurrence. You can even use Twitter as a way to follow-up after a job interview. However, don’t push it. There’s a point when tweeting a company incessantly can be seen as annoying. Use your best judgment and only reach out when there’s a reason to. -- Alan Carniol, Interview Success Formula

Job Seekers Should Use Social Media Strategically and Carefully

Josh Tolan Social media makes it easier for job seekers to connect with employers. Now, a talented job seeker can join in on a discussion or tweet a video resume out into the social stream. But this doesn’t mean social media is the right outlet for everything. When it comes to checking up on an application, the right format is often more private than a public Twitter stream. Send an email or call the employer instead of checking in with 140 characters. -- Josh Tolan, Spark Hire

Connect On Twitter Prior To Applying

Nathan Parcells Job seekers should attempt to reach out and build a relationship with an employer or hiring manager some time before they apply to a position within the company. If they do reach out after the fact, this shouldn’t be a simple tweet regarding the application. Job seekers should engage during business hours and focus on creating relevant, concise conversation that leaves their mark. -- Nathan Parcells, InternMatch

Socially Connect With The Brand; Privately With The Individual

Lynn Dixon While social media platforms have become a great way for employers to connect with job seekers, it is never appropriate to “follow-up” with an employer using a public forum such as Twitter or Facebook. First of all, the employer may not want it broadcast that they have an open position. Beyond that, it demonstrates a real lack of professionalism and directness that may turn off a potential employers, not to mention make you may look desperate. Instead stick to traditional, private forms of communication when it comes to your follow-up and use Twitter to engage with the company on a brand level. -- Lynn Dixon,

Use Twitter Only For Media-Related Jobs

Ken Sundheim Unless it is a media-related position, it is advisable that you use traditional follow-up methods such as email. While Twitter is a great tool to instantaneously get in touch with someone, it still is not the norm for follow-ups in corporate America. -- Ken Sundheim, KAS Placement

Heather R. Huhman is the founder and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. You can connect with Heather and Come Recommended on Twitter and Facebook.

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