Twitter: How to Stay Updated on Industry Trends
Keeping up with industry trends in your professional career can be daunting.
At work, your mind is continuously occupied. You bounce to and from meetings, juggle multiple tasks and work hard to meet deadlines. Amid balancing your schedule, you are also expected to stay knowledgeable in your field to advance in your career.
But how do you find time to soak up new knowledge, perform competitive research and sharpen your skills during the already hectic workday?
Turn to a reliable source to become a subject matter expert in your profession and establish your personal brand. Twitter can help you stay up-to-date on the latest best practices, innovations and trends in your space. Learn why this social platform can help you stay competitive in your current role and give you a leg up when applying to jobs.
Why is it important to stay current in your industry?
Twitter isn’t just for reading about the latest news, following a live event (i.e. a conference or the Super Bowl) or finding a job. It’s also a constant stream of information that you can regularly use to learn, sharpen your skills and harness ideas.
Professionals with a competitive edge focus on self-study to deepen their knowledge in their field. Not only is this an important exercise to develop your expertise in your current job—but it also gives you a leg up when you’re up against hundreds of candidates for a new job opportunity.
More than 500 million tweets are sent per day among 139 million daily active users. That’s an enormous resource for free knowledge and advice.
Hiring managers often look for potential in their next hire. They want candidates who are curious, passionate about their work and constantly growing. Seek new ideas and stay current with industry trends in your niche through the tips outlined below.
Identify thought leaders and influencers
Building a thought leadership and influencer following on Twitter is crucial to ensure you’re not missing must-know information within your industry. To follow and engage with thought leaders and influencers that can help you expand your knowledge and break into a new role, utilize Twitter’s Explore tab. This tool is an excellent way to access content, conversations and accounts from around the world.
You can also use Twitter’s “people” tab to find accounts that rank within the field you are searching for. For instance, if you’re in the cybersecurity space, go to Twitter’s “explore” tab, click on “people” and type in “Cybersecurity” to access Twitter accounts that share content relevant to your field.
Another method to identify thought leaders and influencers is to use the reputable sources you already know and trust. If you read an article from a publication you follow, sometimes the author will include their Twitter handle at the end of a publication.
You can also go to their Twitter account directly to see who they are following. Though not every thought leader and influencer is verified, the badge is a great indication of whether a user is a reliable source to follow. Furthermore, Twitter also features “Who to follow” suggestions on the right sidebar to help you establish your Twitter following and stay on-trend.
Use Twitter lists
Given the sheer volume of tweets posted every hour, your Twitter feed can be overwhelming. Most likely, you’re not interested in the majority of tweets on your timeline.
Fortunately, there is a free Twitter feature that allows you to organize the content in your feed based on the topics you choose. Categorize Twitter users into Twitter lists for easy access to organized information. With just a click, you can immediately tap into thought leadership, news and conversations related to your field.
For example, if you are a cybersecurity professional, or are looking to work in this space, create a Twitter list titled “Cybersecurity.” This list would include cybersecurity influencers, authors, media organizations and others you follow.
By creating this list, you can easily comb through recent tweets from your group to help you stay abreast of trending conversations. You may even find out about a new job to apply to!
Other ideas for Twitter lists are grouping accounts by close friends and admired companies. You never know who will spark a new idea, introduce you to a new job opportunity or share a laugh-out-loud- worthy meme.
Add value to your network by sharing ideas
Your Twitter lists are easy, go-to sources to catch up on what’s happening around you. But don’t stop at simply reading the tweets. It’s important to also share your ideas and interact on Twitter. In other words, don’t take the “social” out of “social media.” Interact, spark conversations and form new connections.
This is especially important when you’re applying to a new job. Recruiters and hiring managers will likely look you up on social media to find out more about you—including Twitter. Your activity on this channel is one piece of the pie that is your online personal brand. Curate content relevant to your profession and demonstrate to potential employers that you are plugged into your field, passionate about learning and actively discuss current topics. For more information on this subject, click here.
Engaging on Twitter is a key ingredient of your successful use of this platform. Scan your timeline and Twitter lists and comment on interesting Tweets, ask questions, retweet posts that resonate with you and favorite Tweets you like. By doing this, you’ll create deeper relationships with the people you follow—including your industry’s leaders, peers and recruiters
Save time and save searches
Are you familiar with Google’s saved searches? You can do that on Twitter, too.
As you’re keeping up with industry trends, you’re more than likely searching frequent hashtags, keywords and buzzworthy topics. Instead of typing them each time you log on, save your searches.
Simply type your hashtag, phrase or keyword, click on the overflow icon, then save your search.
The best part is you can save up to 25 searches. That’s a whole lot of hashtags and knowledge at your fingertips!
Staying current in your industry and getting ahead of trends is vital if you want to remain knowledgeable in your current role and stay competitive during the job search. Let Twitter be your primary source of inspiration with its constant stream of helpful information.
Learn more about the importance of your brand and how to positively portray yourself online from our Kforce career experts. Get all the information you’ll need to take your career to the next level in our 2020 Job Search Guide.