Twitter Bio Ideas — Nine Tips to Help Recruiters Find You

Job hunting? Yes. Resume done? Yes. LinkedIn profile polished? Yes.

Now it’s time to get your Twitter job search on. Why? Because recruiters look for candidates on Twitter. Here are several Twitter bio ideas to help you get found:

(I’m going to give you a low maintenance way to establish your presence on Twitter. We’re going for one goal here: to make you visible to recruiters. That’s it.)

Sign Up for Twitter

1. Go here to sign up for Twitter.

2. Enter your full name. I entered: Donna Svei. Use your real name here, not NASCAR Guy or Tango Diva.

3. Enter your desired Twitter username. I entered: AvidCareerist. For job seeking purposes, your full name plus what you do is a good choice: TomHallMD, ChantelleCPA, OliviaSanchezHR, etc. One caveat, pick a handle you can use for years.

4. Enter your password and your email address. Check the box that promises Twitter your firstborn. Voila! You’re a Twitter user.

 

Think of Twitter as a Database

Now it’s time to craft your Twitter profile. Go here to enter your profile. Remember, our goal is to make it easy for recruiters to find you.

To recruiters, Twitter is a target rich environment. We search Twitter profiles, and Twitter posts, using database type terms. Thus, to make it easy for recruiters to find you, use your profile to provide the information they want.

Twitter profiles have the following sections:

Name

Use your real name here (see above).

Location

Use your metro area name here — Seattle, not Puget Sound Area. Why? Because recruiters search on obvious place names first.

Twitter Web Address

Use your LinkedIn vanity URL here so that recruiters can click directly to your LinkedIn profile.

Nine Twitter Bio Ideas

Your Twitter bio is the section of your profile you can load up with database terms. I have listed nine types below. Recruiters search for you using these categories:

  1. Organizational Function (Finance, HR, Purchasing, etc.).
  2. Job Title (Engineer, Executive Assistant, Sales, etc.).
  3. Industry (Airlines, Consumer Goods, Nonprofit, etc.).
  4. Credentials (CPA, MBA, PhD, MD, JD, etc.).
  5. Software & Programming Languages (only those which are currently marketable).
  6. Branded Company Names (General Electric, Cisco, American Express, etc.).
  7. School (University of Michigan, Penn State, Brown, etc.).
  8. Location (do repeat your location in your bio).
  9. Other Keywords (only those which are currently marketable!).

Check out these examples of bios that make it easy for recruiters to find you:

  1. Senior Social Media Strategist — Blogger — @Edelman — Denver, CO
  2. Commercial Loan Officer — Biotech — Bank of America — San Diego, CA
  3. Journalist — Health & Science Writer — Northwestern Alum — Chicago, IL
  4. Chemical Engineer — PhD — Dow — Houston, TX
  5. Financial Analyst — MBA — Power Excel User — Cisco — San Jose, CA
  6. Compensation & Benefits — CEBS — HR — Manufacturing — Portland, OR
  7. Vice President Business Development — MTV Networks — San Jose, CA
  8. Consumer Goods Marketing Pro — Proctor & Gamble Alum — Cleveland, OH
  9. ER Nurse — Austin, TX

Your Twitter Picture

That’s it. Except, wait, quickly upload your LinkedIn photo to your Twitter profile. Then hit the “Save” button, and you are on Twitter in a way that makes it easy for recruiters to find you, see you, and get to your resume on LinkedIn.

More

Of course, if this is all you do, you will be missing huge benefits that Twitter offers to job seekers, such as just in time job search education. To not miss out, follow me on Twitter here. I tweet the best job search and career articles I see.

I write executive resumes and LinkedIn profiles. Save time. Get hired. Email me at donnasvei@gmail.com for more information.

Image Courtesy of Coffee Station
Updated June 2017

© 2010 – 2017, Donna Svei. All rights reserved.

Comments 11

  1. Great post Donna – even if I wasn’t mentioned 🙂

    keep up the great/informative columns!

    Skip
    twitter.com/skip7547

  2. Hi Skip,

    Thank you. Mentioned? Hah! We can fix that:

    @skip7547 Wheeling IL USA
    Sys Mgr/sysadmin (Novell/win/exchange/citrix/linux/mysql) … Available for short/longterm projects or perm employment ! … http://xeesm.com/skip

    Check Skip out people. He’s fun to follow on Twitter which makes me think he might be fun to work with as well!

    Cheers,

    Donna

  3. Great article! The example of searchable bios is extremely helpful! I learn so darn much about Twitter every day! Love it. Thanks so much for all the great and useful content you are constantly putting out!

  4. Great tips – thanks! I’ve tried to implement as much as I can. (Except the below-100-words bit… I’m working on it!)

    Regards
    Cassie

    Thanks Cassie! Donna

  5. Excellent post Donna! Now if the perfect A+ candidate that I’m currently searching for will take this advice I will be all set. 😉 For the good will of all job seekers, recruiters and hiring managers I will be retweeting this @AMcGeachy. Thanks again!

    Thanks Amy. Good luck finding your client’s perfect 10. Donna

  6. This is fantastic. I joined Twitter because I read it was a good tool in my career search, but had no idea how to even set it up. The common-sense thing was using my real name (versus something else). I didn’t even consider my LinkedIn profile as my Web address or the position I’m seeking as my Bio. Thank you!

    You’re welcome Jeff. Thank you for your kind words! Donna

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