How To Use Twitter To Build Your Network

What if I told you that you could build a professional network on twitter? Yes, I know I was surprised as well. Nowadays, Twitter has become a valuable website for millennials to grow their network. With the relatively easy accessibility and real time communication, Twitter is a great place to connect with an untapped audience and grow professionally.

Here are a few strategies on how to build your network on Twitter:

-Revamp your profile

Like LinkedIn, your Twitter profile is the first thing that someone notices when they stumble upon your profile. Therefore you need to make sure that the image you want to portray is reflected through your content.  

*Profile photo and header

Because Twitter is a social platform or as I like to call it  “a looser version of LinkedIn”, you can be more creative with the way you present yourself. For example, if you’re in the creative field, you have a lot of creative freedom to design you header and bio. Your header can be anything from a landscape to your favorite quote. However your profile photo has to be of you. People want to feel like they are talking to someone and not just an image.  When posting your photo make sure that the photo is clear and wear appropriate clothing. An appropriate profile is very important to recruiters.  

*Biography

One unspoken rule you need to know about bios is that you need to have one. People want to know what you do without necessarily having to look through your tweets. It’s amazing how not having one can discourage people from following you. On the same note, your bio should be fun and engaging. Because twitter only allows 140 characters, make your bio is quirky and relatable. In addition, make sure that you relate it to your brand so people know right away the type of content they should expect from you.

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-Establish your network 

It’s important for you to follow the people that are in your network. For example, if you’re in the business world, make sure to follow all of the relevant people in that field. Retweet articles about what interests you. Engage with recruiters, job seekers. Share and publish your latest find. This will attract a lot of people to your profile.

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-Interact

There are plenty of ways to interact with your network on Twitter

.*Direct message. This feature is the most direct way to interact with someone on Twitter. You can use it to communicate with recruiters and inquire about opportunities. Even though it is an informal way to communicate, it has made a tremendous difference in the past. For example, my friend once messaged a recruiter inviting her for coffee and from that the recruiter to become her mentor. 

*Retweeting

If  you’re not ready to take the leap yet by directly talking to professionals, retweet their posts. It’s a great way for them to notice you and also show your followers what you endorse. 

*Participate in live and twitter chats.

Live chats are the perfect way to grow your following. By using a branded hashtag, you are exposing your content to thousands of people that are interested in the field. It’s the perfect way to grow your following and interact with people in your circle. 

Having a  network on Twitter has proven to be an incredibly valuable tool. It is a great way to connect with recruiters and professionals in your field.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

 

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4 Ways To Earn Extra Income from Short-term Gigs

Wouldn’t it be nice to earn some extra cash outside of your full time job or internship? It could be used for paying off your student loans, go on a vacation or simply have extra income for your savings. Either way earning extra money is always welcome. Last summer, I was at the point where I knew that one source of income would not allow me to completely pursue my financial goals so I decided to start leveraging my hobbies by doing short term gigs.

 

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1)Use your skills to freelance

What if you could get paid for doing something you consider a hobby? It could be anything from doing calligraphy to taking photos of lovely places in your city.  Pretty sweet deal right?

For example if you are interested in photography, invest in a camera and start taking photos of your friends. Post them on social media and reach out to bloggers and other creatives for collaboration. That way you build your portfolio as efficiently as possible. Staying consistent with the side hustle will eventually reward you with clients looking to pay you. You can then evolve to selling your photos as prints or on mugs and other everyday objects.

Last summer, I wanted to earn some money from video editing. So I went online and watched a bunch of video editing tutorials and then pitched myself to different small companies. At first, I did it pro bono, but asked the clients to refer me and spread the word. Once I had a solid portfolio, I started charging and made around $500 a month.

2) Tell your family and friends

Someone once said “Your network is your net worth” and I could not think of a more accurate description of your professional circle. In my experience, word of mouth is one of the best ways to start earning extra cash. When thinking about launching a freelance business tell your family and friends, they’ll be the first to support you and recommend you to their friends. Take this like babysitting, families will start recommending you to other families as you start working for them. For example, my friend Rachel is a photographer. She started off by telling her network of family and friends that she is creating a photography business. She then started taking pictures of her friends to kickoff her portfolio. As months went by, she began receiving requests from clients that came from her network. She now has a growing photography business while still being  in college.

 

3)Revamp your social media presence and engage with your community

There are so many online opportunities that can arise from using social media as a business tool. Create a website for your side hustle and make sure that you clearly state your mission and what you do. Connect with people in the same industry, it could be by reaching out  and asking them out for coffee or simply engage over a shared interest. Nowadays many recruiters have moved on to social media to find talent. A photographer friend of mine after interacting with a recruiter online and inviting them out for an informal meeting landed an amazing opportunity in which she got to photograph celebrities at an exclusive party.

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4)Sign up for a job board

Signing up for a job board is a great way to keep an eye on different opportunities especially if you are unaware of what your true passion is. So if you’re looking for short-term gigs, Shortstints is the right place for you! You will find an extensive amount of short term gigs.

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Whether you want to pay off your credit card debt or simply take a vacation, earning extra income is always useful. Short-term gigs are the perfect low commitment gigs one could get. 

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Q&A: What are some of your hobbies? And how are you gonna use them to earn extra cash this year?

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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3 Ways Volunteering can jumpstart your career

Job searching is tough. Your motivation can quickly bottom out after yet another week of sending resumes and connecting with people on LinkedIn. One common hurdle of job seekers is meeting the required minimum of years of work. You need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get that experience. It’s a catch-22! Often people get discouraged and settle for unfulfilling, low-paid jobs that don’t align with their dream. And this is because most people don’t know how to acquire experience outside of jobs.

Here’s the good news: Volunteering can help you build your experience and make you more marketable! It’s less competitive and always in demand. Best part? There’s an organization for every area of interest. Love dogs? Volunteer at an animal shelter. Love reading? Spend some time shadowing a librarian. The task of finding the right place will not be difficult.

Here are some concrete ways volunteering can maximize your job search and jumpstart your career:

• It gives you experience

Think of volunteering as an unpaid internship. It provides hands-on experience and gives you a feel of the sector you’re looking to find work in. At the same time, it teaches you new skills while providing an opportunity to hone existing ones.

For example, if you choose to volunteer at your local children’s library center as a reader, you will develop communication, reading, writing and interpersonal skills – among others. These are skills that will have real-life application to almost every role. Keep in mind that you don’t have to volunteer in your particular field of interest to develop the skills that will help you land your dream job. That certainly helps, but you can transfer almost every skill you acquire over time.

Furthermore, volunteering can help fill in your employment gaps. Employers are actually impressed with people who dedicate time to a cause they are passionate about. It will work in your favor to mention your volunteer experience and the practical takeaways you learned from it.

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• It provides you with a network

Whether you are volunteering in your career field or a loosely related one, you will have access to a network of colleagues and potential mentors. These are people who can advocate for you when you need a job reference if you impress them with your performance and build rapport with them. They can also share knowledge and resources, which will help you find out about opportunities you wouldn’t otherwise know about.

As someone once said ” Your network is your net worth.” Meeting as many people as you can during your volunteering experience can help you maintain connections and grow your network.

• It allows you to test-drive a new career

As a volunteer, you get an immediate sense of the organization and the role you’re in. It’s the perfect opportunity to explore new career options without committing to a specific role or industry. You get to observe and work in an environment and learn as much as you can along the way. You also get to meet industry insiders who can answer your questions and teach you a lot from their experience. It not only can give you more perspective and who knows, show you the way to your dream career after all.

Next time you wonder how you can add to your experience, remember that volunteering is a powerful way of acquiring real-life skills. Whether you shadow a few professionals or work in the field with mentors, volunteering can be the filler on your resume that will ultimately impress your future employers and make you more competitive as a job seeker.

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Christy Joseph, Writer, Shortstints

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Things to do before quitting your job

Changing jobs is an important transition. And just like any transition, it requires a certain preparation. While you might think that you are the only one concerned by this decision, there are other players that you should not leave behind while taking the leap to another chapter of your life.

If you are thinking about quitting your job, there are a few things you need to do:

Look for another job!

Whether your company decides to downsize or you decide to quit your job, it is always a wise decision to actively start searching for your next job as soon ad you know you are about to be unemployed again. Unless it is your intention to take a break for a while, you do not want to wait till you are unemployed to start applying for positions as the job search process can be longer than desired.

Talk to your boss

Talking to your boss about your decision is crucial. While this might be uncomfortable, it will give you both the time to adjust to the next steps. It is important to make sure you are the first person your boss hears it from. You certainly would not want him/her to hear the news by the water cooler.  Take the time to have a one on one conversation with your boss explaining the reasons why you think changing jobs is the best option for you.

Take the time to transfer your knowledge

We all know how it feels to be a newbie at work. Before you leave, take the time to transfer your knowledge to a colleague who will be able to continue what you have started. This will help you gain your superior’s respect and show that you cared enough not to simply leave everything behind. Put some time aside to go through your files with this person, share some useful information with them and make them feel at ease.

Propose your freelance services

Do not simply cut the cord with the office. Your bosses, supervisors and even colleagues might be interested in using your services even though you are no longer a full-time employee. Take the time to identify what you do well and let them know you are ready to offer these services after you leave. This will be a great way for you to strengthen your clientele base and fall back on your feet.

Changing jobs does not have to be a burden if you prepare yourself for it. By following these steps, transitioning should go as smoothly as possible.

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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Common lies young graduates believe about the employment life

Wondering what waits for you after college? All young graduates do. Stepping into the unknown can be a scary thing. As humans, we cannot help ourselves… we need to have expectations of how things should be.

 

Here are some common lies young graduates believe

 

Things will come easy because I have a diploma

One of the biggest lies college graduates believe is that their diploma or the school they went to will be their easy-pass to find a job. This could not be further from the truth. While your diploma has a role to play in your Job search process, you will need way more than this piece of paper to guarantee you a job after you turn your tassel. You will realize that experience is key and that your attitude will determine your altitude. It is important to be bold but also, humble enough to keep the door open to learning new things. Truth is, you will not have 5 years of experience right after college but there are things that will help you put the chances on your side. This is why it is so important, while in college, to acquire as much experience as possible. Get involved in your college coop, serve in your community… collect things that will look better on your resume than your accounting class. Also, remember, people fall in love with you drive and attitude. Make sure your personality shines through your resume and interview answers so that recruiters can be attracted by you despite your lack of experience.

 

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This is the end of late night studying!

The end of something only marks the beginning of something else. While you might toss your glass to the fact that your sleepless nights studying for an exam are over, life after college presents other challenges that can also cause you to lose some precious hours of sleep. Trouble might not come in the same form it used to while you were in college but “adult life” sure presents difficulties that you will need to sit down and resolve. Also keep in mind that, in order to be great, you will always need to learn something new. This means that, you will need to learn new skills, new ways of doing things and new ways to communicate! The learning process never stops.

 

This is my chance to apply what I have learned in school

After college, you will realize that real life is very different than theory. Your  A on your finance test won’t guarantee your success in the task you need to accomplish at work. You will need to be flexible, willing to learn, willing to un-learn and to be creative. Yes, you will get to apply some of the things you have learned in school but make sure you are not limited by it because, believe it or not, there will be way more things to learn and discover after college.

 

I will never have to see his/her face again

While you might be excited about not seeing Tommy’s face anymore, keep in mind that, 5 years from now, you might need little Tommy to do some graphic design work for your marketing company! I cannot stretch enough the importance of networking! Make sure you stay in touch somehow because, in the long run, we all need to have contacts.

 

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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Things That Make a Resume Stand Out

Much like a high schooler’s college essay, your resume is your one and only chance to capture a potential recruiter’s attention and not be thrown in the pile of rejects.

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Rather than trying to make everything fit, make sure you get your recruiter curious. Keep it simple, yet intriguing. Use bullet points, quantify your facts and list the experiences that will matter for the position you are applying for.

KEEP IT ORIGINAL

Make sure you find a way to make your resume stand out. Remember, your recruiter probably receives hundreds of resumes. It is important for you to find that little sparkle that will save you from being thrown in the pile of “not so outstanding people”.

ADD A LITTLE PERSONAL TOUCH

Find a way for your recruiter to get to know a little bit more about you. I am not just talking about a cover letter here but about things you can add to your resume to make your recruiter feel like they know a little bit about your personality.

You can do this by listing some of your personality traits and explaining how they will make you the right fit for the job. Link your social media account. Many people nowadays are afraid to let their recruiters in their social media pages. However, by taking the right steps and measures, you can use social media to your advantages and transform it into a tool that will help you land the job of your dreams

This will make your resume more attractive and increase your chances of getting selected for an interview.

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The importance of a good resume cannot be underestimated. It is the first impression an employer has of you and most importantly it is how you make people take interest in you simply by looking at a piece of paper.

 

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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Signs Your Boss is Thinking About Firing You

Losing your job is never an easy thing, especially when it happens suddenly, without any warnings. It is important for an employee to be able to notice the subliminal red flags that could announce a potential lay off. This way, he/she will be more able to recognize them, act upon them, and maybe take it with a better perspective. Here are a few signs your boss is secretly planning your exit.

1. They are watching your every move

If your boss suddenly starts micromanaging you, it might mean that you are doing something wrong. Most often, this is not a good sign. It shows that your boss no longer thinks they can trust you to get the job done. This is a red flag for any employee. It is an indicator that you are under close control and should watch your every move. However, this is not a reason to get all paranoid. If you notice some micromanagement habits from your boss, it could be that they are considering promoting you or making you switch departments. Do not be afraid to clearly communicate with your boss, ask questions, and share your concerns. This will save you moments of anxiety and stress.

2. You get several bad evalutations in a row

Evaluations are a reflection of how your boss/manager thinks you have been perfoming in the last months or year. Getting several poor evaluations is a sign that they are not satisfied with your performance. It is a way for them to tell you, “if you don’t get yourself together, we are going to have a problem”. Make sure they give you a clear idea of what you need to change or start doing in order to improve your performance.

3. Your work is being redistributed

When your work is bein assigned to other colleague, it might be that they are discretely planning your leave. If they do so without you asking for a lighter work load, it is a sign that they think you cannot handle the work anymore. If you notice that actions are taken to assign your work to others, ask management why they have decided to do so and if there is anything else you could do to compensate.

4. Your coworkers are acting weird

Chances are, some other people will know when you are about to get laid off. This will add some tension in the atmosphere because some coworkers won’t know exactly how to act. If things get awkward in the cafeteria and people start avoiding you, you should ask yourself questions. If they are not planning you a surprise party or baby shower… it’s a red flag.

5. They are downsizing

When your company decides to downsize, it is not the time to stay passive because you could be the next victim. It might be because they are low on financial means or simply looking to have a more productive staff. Either way, it is a red flag. Everything you do seems to be wrong. When it seems that you are no longer doing anything right, it might be a sign that your boss no longer wants you around. You will get many discreet negative feedbacks, often by emails to avoid direct communication. If this is the case, it is probably a sign that your boss has already made plans in his/her head to let you go and is no longer making any efforts.

As hard as losing your job might be to accept, it is a part of the process. If you think you are about to lose your job, it is the right time to start searching. Short Stints provides all the tools you’ll need to get connected with the right recruiters. Sign up today!

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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How to Enjoy Your Vacation Without Work Getting in the Way

Taking time off is a necessity every employee should not neglect. Working too much without taking the necessary time to recharge, can result in anxiety, stress, burnouts, and many sicknesses. However, even while taking some time off, most employees are still glued to their laptop or phone, trying to get some work done. How can you, as an employee, be able to relax more and enjoy your vacation without having to worry about work.

1. Take care of everything before you leave

The best way to ruin your vacation is to have unfinished business at the office. This will not only stress you out but it also won’t do your office reputation any good. Taking the time to finish every project and meet all of your deadlines. It might also benefit you to take care of things that are due right after your vacation in order for you to have a slow and peaceful comeback.

2. Take advantage of automatic options

Technology offers many tools that help you avoid behind a screen every day. You can prepare everything ahead of time and decide when you want them to be delivered. Think about it for a minute… automated emails, scheduled posts on blogs, and more. The key is to work smarter, not harder. Before going on vacation, take advantage of this luxury so that everything can still get done while you are sipping in the sun.

3. Have a planner/agenda

Plan your vacation wisely. Make sure you do not take your day off during supper busy seasons. No matter how hard your boss and colleagues try, they will still be tempted to call you or send you an email for “an important matter”. In order to avoid this, go on vacation on periods that are not so hectic. This will also help you relax more without your brain constantly wondering if things are going well back at the office.

4. See it as an opportunity to be more productive

Many employees these days tend to feel guilty for taking time off. This is largely due to a system that has programmed us to feel as if not working means doing something wrong. Taking a step back from this way of thinking, you will realize that your brain and body need this connection in order to reach their full potential. The key to enjoying your vacation is to actually feel good about it. When you understand that, after your break, you will come back more energized and productive, you will be able to fully embrace your time off.

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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What To Remember When You Want To Give Up

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4 Ways to Personalize Your Desk

Whether or not it’s a 9 to 5, we spend a lot of time from our day at work. Regardless of being at the office or working from home, a lot of our time is spent behind a desk. This makes it important to transform our desk into a place of comfort and familiarization, making it our little “home away from home”. Here are 4 ways you can personalize you work area.

1. Pictures

Start with the walls and put some life and color to them. Whether it’s your kids’ drawing, pictures of friends and family, or your wedding day, important life moments are great things to surround yourself with. It can also be positive quotes that keep you motivated. A simple reminder of why you are working so hard.

2. Desk Plant

They might sound boring to you but studies have shown that plants in the office increase happiness and productivity. Every employee should consider adding a plant to their work area for the benefits are both physical and psychological. Try placing a plant (aloe, cactus, peace lily, etc.) and you will start noticing some positive changes. Going green is always a good idea!

3. Candles

The link betweenFragrances help bring back memories and emotions. Candles help soothe your nerves, keep you alert and relax, and boost your focus. Therefore, they are a great addition to your desk. Bring tranquility and peace to your work environment by simply adding a candle. They provide more than just good scent.

4. Coffee mug or tea cup

Since most of our time is spend behind that desk, a cup of coffee or tea helps to keep up going. A simple mug on your desk that fits your personality or has a motivational saying adds that special touch to your desk. Drink up!

Personalizing your work area and making it a comfortable suit for us increases our productivity and decreases our stress level. Accessorize it, make it organized and inviting.

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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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