Two words: Twitter chats.
At YouTern, we love Twitter Chats. We’ve met so many new friends and YouTern champions, and connected with countless internship and job seekers. We’ve recruited bloggers and media partners. And, we’ve had a ton of fun!
If you’re not familiar with Twitter Chats, or “Tweet Chats”, they are pre-arranged discussions on Twitter. Tweet chats include a predefined hashtag to link the tweets together in a virtual conversation. There is a chat for almost every subject imaginable; an entire list of Twitter chats are available online.
I use TweetDeck to follow and participate in tweet chat conversations. It updates real-time so you see all the new tweets without having to refresh the page or leave the site. TweetDeck is easy to use to keep you organized by columns, allowing you to follow several chats or individuals. Hootsuite and TweetChat are also good options.
There are several tweet chats I rarely miss. You may want to follow these if you’re a college student, grad or young professional:
Do you blog? Are you thinking about starting a blog or want to learn more about the art of blogging? #BlogChat is for you. Each week the discussion welcomes experts and beginners alike, covering valuable topics related to both business and personal blogs.
#InternPro chat (created and managed by YouTern) is a lively discussion for college students, recent graduates, young careerists, mentors, experts and social media enthusiasts. #InternPro is dedicated to facilitating great conversation, diverse opinions on what works (and what doesn’t) in job search – and ultimately to helping you successfully get from the classroom to the workforce.
Partly due to the great mix of career experts and job seekers, #JobHuntChat is simply the best career chat on Twitter. The chat features a diverse group of job seekers, recruiters, HR professionals, resume writers, career experts and coaches who bring with them fantastic questions, conversation and job search advice for all experience levels.
Our CEO loves #Leadership chat – but don’t let that, or the name, fool you. You don’t necessarily have to be an MBA or a C-level executive to get a lot out of this weekly chat. #LeadershipChat is a casual atmosphere where established leaders, moderators and guests engage in vibrant discussions with anyone who wants to advance their leadership skills. This is a can’t miss for young professionals who aspire to lead.
#GenYChat hosts an eclectic mix of discussions, from career-related topics to personal relationships, to building a business. Whatever the subject on a given week, the chats are infused with an inter-generational perspective that helps older and younger generations learn from each other – and break down generational stereotypes one discussion at a time.
The ‘T’ in this chat stands for “Talent”. With a varied subject range that includes HR, recruiting, career coaching, training and development, leadership development, product/service development, business development, ideation and social media, #TChat is always a lively discussion. “It’s about the intersection of Talent + Culture. #TChat includes all the things that make a better business and a best place to work.”
This chat for Under 30(years old) Professionals” forms a community of ambitious young professionals. I’ll just paste the chat description directly from the site, as I couldn’t describe it better: “Our goal is to provide a community where young professionals can feel comfortable asking questions that they’ve been struggling with in their career, and to discuss trends in an honest and comfortable environment…”
Hire Friday Chat is always one of the fastest chats I attend; the tweets scroll by at a highly-caffeinated pace. Mostly frequented by career experts and recruiters – with the occasional job seeker checking in – #HFChat is a terrific resource for learning what those who make hiring decisions think about the recruiting process. I learn something new every week.
Twitter chats are an amazingly simple way to get started networking, expand your sphere of influence and jump-start your career. Lurking is optional until you get used to the pace and discussion style. Our best advice, however: don’t be shy – join a Twitter chat (or a few) right away!
About the Author: About the Author: Dave Ellis is an original member of the YouTern team and instrumental to its success… in fact, he’s so awesome there wouldn’t be a YouTern without him (and he might have written this bio himself). Dave serves as YouTern’s Community Manager and Content Manager, and enjoys his role as the company’s overall “Man Behind the Curtain”. In his spare time, Dave volunteers, rescuing and rehabilitating sea lions and baby elephant seals. Follow Dave on Twitter!