Chryselle D’Silva Dias, a freelance writer for publications such as Time, The Atlantic, BBC, Marie Claire India and the Guardian, to name a few, admits to being an early technology adopter, and that includes social media. What’s she’s found, by following the right people and publications, is that Twitter and Facebook are full of job opportunities. “In recent months, the bulk of my new work has come from Facebook groups for writers. From Twitter, I have found a few calls for pitches and story ideas, which is always useful.”
Though Dias, 42, has a very specific kind of work she does from her home base of Goa, India, her method for getting gigs can apply to nearly anyone, anywhere, in any industry.
Using the right tools
Dias uses Tweetdeck to manage her Twitter account. Other platforms for organizing the influx of information include Hootsuite and Social Oomph. “Many people find Twitter overwhelming because it appears as one constant stream of news and comments and responses from other people. An app like Tweetdeck helps you break your feed into smaller, manageable chunks.” You can set up a list or that shows you only tweets from specific people, or that mention a word or phrase. Dias, for example, has her feed organized so she can readily see tweets for editors, feminist writers and jobs. She also tracks search terms such as “is hiring writers” and “call for pitches.” So if you’re in the hotel industry for example, you might look for tweets that mention “hospitality” and “hiring” and follow hotel chains that interest you.
Understanding the etiquette
Dias likens Twitter to being at a party, where you know some people, but not everyone. “You should be friendly, polite and not push (only) your work constantly. Be curious about other people, their work and what they’re discussing. Jump in if you have something to say and not because you want them to notice you.” She says that over time, followers will come to understand your voice and the kinds of things you post.
And, like in any other medium—snail mail or real life—follow the instructions. If you’re asked to reply via a link to a website, do exactly that—don’t just reply with a Facebook message linking to your resume, and don’t worry too much if you feel ignored. “Don’t take things personally – the people behind the account probably have a lot to handle (they’re likely to be inundated, it is a call for work) and they might not respond to you or respond in a way that you’re not happy about.”
Finally, Dias offers these tips for a more successful job search: See the tips and the complete Forbes article