Twitter is more than a social networking site: it is a powerhouse of opportunities for freelancers. With a few clicks and the right keywords, you can connect with fellow freelancers, thought leaders in your industry and potential clients.
The key to making these connections is establishing yourself as an expert in your field and building authentic relationships with others. Your goal is not to increase the number of followers you have but to effectively spread the word that you are a freelancer looking for people to work with.
Here are five important steps to help improve your job search on Twitter.
1. It is time to get professional.
Think of the people you want to work with and how you can help them. Then look at your Twitter profile – how can you make it more interesting, professional and inviting for potential clients to follow you?
For example, you could
replace your avatar with a presentable portrait of yourself,
write an interesting description about yourself and your work, and
include a link to your oDesk profile.
2. Share useful, thought-provoking content in relation to your field of expertise.
The next time you log on to Twitter, keep a look out for potential clients to connect with and freelance gigs to apply for. A simple Twitter search can yield all sorts of opportunities, but it is up to you to take advantage of them.
Do you use Twitter to connect with potential clients and find freelance work? Have you developed a long-term working relationship with anyone? Share your stories in the comments section below.