Job hunting? Yes. Resume done? Yes. LinkedIn profile polished? Yes. Facebook profile built? Yes. Now it’s time for Twitter bio ideas to help recruiters find you!
Why do I encourage this? Per the 2020 Jobvite Recruiter Nation Survey, 38% of recruiters source candidates on Twitter.
We’re not talking about fancy Twitter bios or funny Twitter bios. If you’re looking for a job, you need a job seeker bio.
Also, this isn’t about making you spend time on Twitter. I just want you to set up a good account that recruiters can find when searching Twitter by keywords.
Sign Up for Twitter
- First, if you aren’t on Twitter yet, sign up.
- Next, enter your first and last name, not The Dude or Tango Diva.
- Then, enter your Twitter handle. Again, use your real name.
- You can add a bit of branding. Credentials are best: TomHallMD.
- You can also brand with your functional area: OliviaSanchezHR.
- Pick a handle you can use for years.
- Next, enter your password and email address.
- Then, 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. Click here.
For recruiters, Twitter is a target-rich environment. They use Twitter “People Search” and keywords to find potential candidates. Thus, give them the information they want on your profile.
The main profile sections are your:
- Web address
I address each of those components in the following paragraphs.
Your Twitter Name
Use your real name here (see above).
Twitter Bio Ideas
Your Twitter bio is the section of your profile you can load up with keywords.
I have listed 10 types of terms recruiters search for below:
- Organizational Function (Finance, HR, Purchasing)
- Job Title (Engineer, Executive Assistant, Sales)
- Industry (Airlines, Consumer Goods, Nonprofit)
- Credentials (CPA, MBA, PhD, MD, JD)
- Programming Languages (only those which are currently marketable)
- Software Applications (only those which are currently marketable)
- Employer Brand Names (General Electric, Cisco, American Express)
- Schools (University of Michigan, Penn State, Brown)
- Location (do repeat your location in your bio)
- Other Keywords (only those which are currently marketable!)
Check out these examples of bios that make it easy for recruiters to find you:
- Senior Social Media Strategist — Blogger — Edelman — Remote
- Commercial Loan Officer — Biotech — Bank of America — San Diego, CA
- Journalist — Health & Science Writer — Northwestern Alum — Virtual
- Chemical Engineer — PhD — Dow — Houston, TX
- Financial Analyst — MBA — Power Excel User — Cisco — San Jose, CA
- Compensation & Benefits — CEBS — HR — Manufacturing — Portland, OR
- Vice President, Business Development — Netflix — San Jose, CA
- Consumer Goods Marketing — Proctor & Gamble Alum — Cleveland, OH
- ER Nurse — Austin, TX
- Narrator & Voice Actor — Los Angeles, CA
Use your metro area name here — Seattle, not “Puget Sound Area” or “Craft Beer Capital of the World.” Why? Because recruiters search for obvious place names first.
If you’re looking for remote work, say “Remote” or “Virtual.”
Twitter Web Address
Include a link to your LinkedIn vanity URL here so that recruiters can click through to your LinkedIn profile.
Then, be sure to include current contact info on your LinkedIn profile so they can get in touch with you.
If you’re afraid of becoming an email marketing target, try it. You’ll probably find it’s not a problem — nothing ventured, nothing gained (like job opportunities).
Your Twitter Picture
That’s it. Except, wait, quickly upload your LinkedIn picture to your Twitter profile. You want to be recognizable on both sites.
Then hit the “Save” button, and you are on Twitter in a way that makes it easy for recruiters to find you and get to your LinkedIn profile and resume.
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.
Second, try your hand at tweeting. While Twitter used to limit tweets to 160 characters, now they give you a limit of up to 280 characters.
If you can’t think of anything, retweet something helpful from Phyllis or me!
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Updated January 2021
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