5 Methods I Used To Get A Job Through Twitter

By Jade Craven – Follow her @jadecraven.

2 days ago, I met my friend Sam Mutimer (@sammutimer) for lunch. We talked about blogging, conferences and social media over lunch. I left with the opportunity to work with her team at Thinktank Media (@thinktankmedia) when they roll out strategies for new clients.

I was quite surprised – especially as I use twitter to hang out and connecting with awesome people when I have the time.

How I Got The Job

I don’t remember how I met Sam, but she soon encouraged me to go the the tweetup she founded called Tweetupmellers(@tweetupmellers) . She was great at getting me to talk to new people and was really encouraging.

I kept in touch with Sam, helping her out and just talking about her projects. I also focused on connecting with more people from the tweetupmellers community. Fast forward to two meetups later, and she was talking about a new project and how she might be needing additional help for it. In the past month, she has hired 3 of the twums attendees and has discovered many others through twitter.
My job is only 8 hours a month – but I will have the opportunity to earn an income while setting up my blog. I’ll be able to accept more work when she gets new clients and I’ll get some training in the business side of the industry.
This wouldn’t have been possible without twitter. Here are my five tips:

1. Go To Tweetups
I can’t stress the importance of this. I went to the tweetups with the view to hang out with fun people that I’d been talking to for months. It has since turned into one of the best ways to get people interested in your work.
I’ve observed:

  • Neil creek(@neilcreek) get several clients – and a lot of buzz – due to his Meetheads concept at the tweetup.
  • People talking about possible joint ventures on new projects.
  • People hiring those that they’ve met at a tweetup.

2. Provide Advice For Free
I would often send DM’s to Sam with ideas for her projects. These were little things and didn’t take that much time. She would always send a DM back thanking me and would occasionally seek me out for advice.

She told me how she had done a similar thing when starting out. She worked for free and soon developed a strong reputation. I have seen this work very well for people building a portfolio. My tip would be to make sure you get testimonials. I do this by favouriting the tweets that compliment my work and by seeking LinkedIn recommendations.
I’ve done this a lot off twitter – guest posts, emails with advice and even meeting people to help with blogging projects.

3. Connect With Connectors
There are some people who love connecting people. They thrive on helping people. Sam is one of them. She has hired a number of my twitter friends including @mr_billiam and @ttam.

This also worked for a local web designer, @richardhuf. I was asked by a friend, @frankinoz, if I knew anyone who could do wordpress PSD’s. I didn’t know anyone so just pumped out a tweet asking for recommendations. Richard responded and has helped Frank for reveral projects. Based on this, I referred him to Sam. I’m still waiting to hear if anything came out of the referral.

You can accomplish so much by just focusing on people who love connecting and helping them out. Sam has since hooked me up with several leading business authors to interview and review their products.

4. Make It Known That You Are Looking For Work
I didn’t actively seek employment but I often talked about how I wanted to get a job at the end of the year. This was a major goal of me and many of my twitter friends had been helping me out and encouraging me to develop new skills.
As a result, I’ve had several offers to exchange skills and the eventual job offer from Sam. All of this before I was even prepared to re-enter the workforce.

5. Offer To Help
I do this often and its led to a lot of opportunities. Most people will reciprocate when they can.
I offered to review @sarahprout’s Twitter Success Blueprint (published on Twitip). As a result, I found a new friend and mentor. @Braqueen offered to exchange blogging advice for a mini makeover. I sent feedback to @howtomakemyblog and now have a guest posting opportunity.

This can help people see your skills and ascertain whether they want to work for you. You don’t even have to do it for free – you can do it at a reduced price.

Have you had success on twitter?
I have been hearing many more stories of people finding work on twitter. I’d love to hear about your success in the comments.

Comments

  • August 22, 2009

    YES, this is right on!! I’ve had some variation in my experience, but I found an internship, a staffing agency, got three job interviews and possibly an actual job because of connecting on Twitter! It seems the most effective if you start off just wanting to meet some awesome people and help them out more than you want to juice them for job leads. Just do some keyword searches, some @ replies, get involved in the real world and let it roll!

    Thanks for sharing, great article!
    -Jenn

  • August 22, 2009

    Congrats Jade! And yes, I agree with Jenn, this is spot on. I have found Twitter to be a really dynamic “yellow pages” and have sourced several contractors and suppliers from the twitterverse. There’s two things I like about it for this reason. 1) You get to observe some-one’s professionalism, work ethos, calibre of thinking before employing. 2) It often comes with a recommendation / referral. Of course, it goes both ways. There’s now a number of people I would never employ too! Yay for @thinktankmedia!

  • August 22, 2009

    Jade

    Great post – you’re point #3 is right on the money. Connections create opportunities. If you can’t create them yourself, connect with people who are connected.

    Well done and more power to you!

    Cheers, Iggy

  • August 22, 2009

    Great advice, Jade!

    Twitter really is the place where nice guys finish first. It’s the domain of genuine, smart and inspiring people who know that helping others to be successful is the best way of being successful yourself.

    Best wishes, Kim

  • August 23, 2009

    I know to most people here this is a silly question, but how do you find out about Tweetups? I’ve done search, but most of them are either not in my local area or not in my niche.

  • August 24, 2009

    I actually got an amazing job by posting my social media and blog stats in a resume and talking about marketing. Honestly if I could do that, you could probably do much better.

  • August 24, 2009

    Jade, a great post. I completely agree that the best way to leverage twitter is to focus on building relationships, adding value and helping people first. From there, it’s amazing what cna develop. Thank you for sharing.

    Niro

  • August 25, 2009

    Jade:

    Great post. Very encouraging. I appreciate you sharing your story. I will pass this along to others I know. Connections are so important. You are proof that Twitter is a valuable resource. Now, I have to do some research on tweetups in my local area. If there aren’t any, my goal is to start one!!

    Thanks again.

  • August 25, 2009

    This is a great post. In my article on Creative Networking on my site, I talk about twitter. This goes a little bit further and adds some depth. Great job!!!!!

  • August 26, 2009

    at my last company i found & we hired someone off Twitter … it was amazing how simple the tool can be!

  • August 27, 2009

    Hi Jade,

    This is a great post. Although I’ve thought about how to use Twitter to generate business on-line, I had not considered the off-line possibilities. I’m going to explore Tweetups in my area and take this a bit further.

    Thanks a lot!

  • August 30, 2009

    Great advice. Especially Tweetups. It’s easy to forget that the personal connection helps to cement the virtual one.

  • August 30, 2009

    You should also check out http://www.tweetmyjobs.com. It’s the largest job board on Twitter, and tweeted over 350K jobs in the last 30 days….

  • September 1, 2009

    Glad to be a part of the group, and would like to help out anyone possible in engineering.

    http://www.twitter.com/dirksunvalley

  • September 1, 2009

    I just wanted to thank everyone for their comments so far.

    I tried not to talk about having anxiety in the post, but this has made a lot of the in person networking difficult. I perservered and things have really improved as a result.

    I now am a huge fan of the personal connection when it comes to blogging. I’m now working on ways to create more of a personal connection for those I cant meet in person.

    - Jade

  • September 1, 2009

    Looks like a great advice!

    I believe Twitter really is the place where we can do what we want. It’s the domain of genuine, smart and inspiring people who know that helping others to be successful is the best way of being successful yourself.
    As some times Yahoo and MSN messengers were. :)

    Anyway, Great advice and Thanks alot.

  • September 7, 2009

    I like all of these except for #1 – the introvert in me could not handle that one.

  • September 12, 2009

    I’ve also found Twitter to be a great connection point. Interesting read, thanks!

    -Adam

  • September 13, 2009

    Hello, Jade,

    Thank you for your great advice on how to get a job using twitter. I appreciate the time you spent to write about your experience and sharing it with others. You gained another follower by your post.

    As for the rest of the group, thank you for sharing your comments. You, too, have earned an additional follower. I am looking for a software developer position in the Greater Milwaukee, Wisconsin area, but I also have additional skills which I believe could be beneficial to a company. I spend several hours a week on linked-in, and also some time reading and sharing encouraging and useful information with the people on twitter.

    I wish all of you the best!

    Jim Horrell

  • December 6, 2009

    While there are a lot of people out there trying to make a quick buck out there selling affiliate products, there are some useful business promoting themselves on Twitter. Real work at home jobs exist, although they usually involve creating your own website and using it in some way to make money (advertising, affiliate sales, product sales, service sales, etc..).

    Finding a way to make money is not the problem running your own home based business. The real problem is how do you get people to your website and even more so, how do you get your website to show up in a good ranking position in organic search results?

    The real solution to the website traffic problem is actually completely free. That solution is the article submission directory and the concept is quite simple. Just write an article about a subject relating to your website, products and/or services that consists of a few hundred words. Do NOT promote your website within the body of the article or even talk about it directly. You will have an author resource box below the article body that you can use to include two links to your website(s) and some information about them. These articles can then be viewed by the general public and indexed by search engines, which means you will receive free targeted one-way backlinks to your website! These types of backlinks can be absolutely priceless to your online business and will provide you with amazing results in the search engines. To make things even better, other websites can even republish your articles which will keep your backlinks intact. As a result, each article that you write can potentially provide you with dozens or even hundreds of backlinks over time.

  • November 29, 2010

    I was just doing research on twitter and came across your article. I really need to get more involved with twitter. It seems to be a great networking tool overall.

    Thanks!

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