Tweeting, DM-ing, Trending Topics – mean anything to you?
Of course, I’m talking about the wonderful world of Twitter, and if you’re not already using it, you should be!
For those of you who don’t know, Twitter is a social networking website that allows you to follow people and communicate with them using 140 characters or less. Apart from the obvious ways it can benefit your life, such as helping you find out what minor celebrities have for breakfast (apparently Fearne Cotton prefers jam on her pancakes…), it’s also becoming a great way of finding out careers and applying for jobs.I recently got myself a part-time job that I found out about simply by following Manchester Uni media club who re-tweeted it from a company that were looking for a student to do some data-inputting. I now find myself getting relevant work experience and cash alongside my degree and all because of Twitter.
Presuming you take my advice and decide to create an account, who should you be following?
Well firstly @ManUniCareers and @mcrmediaclub are linked to the University Careers Service and so tweet a lot of stuff directly relevant to students, not only job opportunities but deadlines for various internships and events happening at the Careers Service. @Prospects always post lots of information about graduate opportunities and postgrad courses and there are more specific accounts such as @journalism_jobs and @EditorialJobs which are useful for finding out about what kind of jobs are available in specific sectors, such as journalism.
So there you go, don’t be a geek and start using Twitter.