KOK Edit: Your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM)
KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) KOK Edit: your favorite copyeditor since 1984(SM) Katharine O'Moore Klopf

Friday, July 02, 2010

Twitter Tip: Résumés and Business Cards

I'm reading a great new book, The Twitter Job Search Guide, by Susan Britton Whitcomb, Chandlee Bryan, and Deb Dib (published by JIST) so that I can eventually review it. (It's taking me a long while, not because the book is boring or a tough read but because I have so little spare time.) Meanwhile, I found a good tip in it that editorial freelancers might want to take advantage of:

List your Twitter handle (account name) on your business cards, résumé, and LinkedIn profile.

I'd add that you should also list it on your business web site and wherever else your business profile appears online, such as directories of those in your profession or members of a professional association.

I'm on Twitter all the time, mostly for business purposes, but it hadn't occurred to me to include my Twitter handle (@KOKEdit) on my business cards or résumé, even though I list it on my LinkedIn profile and on my web site. Including your Twitter handle on all of your project-seeking materials, including e-mail signatures, is a great idea because potential clients can then follow you on Twitter and get a sense of who you are, what your outlook on work and your profession is, and how you think.

Take a look at how I've incorporated my Twitter handle into my résumé (near the top of it).

Maybe including your Twitter handle on everything you can think of seems like a minor detail, but these days, it's important to take advantage of every possible tool to help potential clients to find you.


Marian Schembari said...

Meh.I wasn't the biggest fan of this book - I found it kind of reiterates a lot what you can find online. That said, I guess it is nice to have all that information in one place! I do have to say though, they don't really encourage a lot of self-expression, which I think is the freaking cornerstone of social media. But... neither here nor there. I, too, hadn't considered putting my Twitter handle on my business cards and I wish I had before I ordered 200 of them! At least I've got it in my email signature, FB page and LinkedIn accounts. That will have to do for now...

Katharine O'Moore-Klopf said...

Well, yes, the book covers stuff that you and I already know, but believe me, there are loads of freelancers out there who don't know anything about social media and are either skeptical of its value or even afraid of it. That's why I like this book: It explains everything in detail without being boring or talking down to its audience.

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