More than 70,000 job seekers turn to Twitter
During the event, employers from across the UK posted vacancies and advice on how to secure jobs with a number of them participating in Q&A’s, sharing top tips and advice for job hunters seeking new ways to secure a job in the ever-competitive marketplace.
Apprentice winner Ricky Martin (@RickyMartin247) was enlisted by Twitter UK to take part in an online Q&A session, giving advice to candidates on the best way to write a C.V. and how to land your dream job, how to calm interviews and the best way to find out about flexible working policies.
Lewis Wiltshire, Director of Media Partnership at Twitter UK commented, “It was fantastic to see more than 75 UK companies take part in Twitter's first ever Job Fair. Twitter is a great place to share careers advice and discover new job opportunities, so it was great to see organisations and people benefit from that two-way interaction using the hashtag - #YourJob.”
The National Careers Service (@NationalCareers) also hosted an online Q&A session, giving advice to job seekers, including top tips on how to feel confident in speaking to people:
1. Don't put too much pressure on yourself
When speaking in public it is common to feel like everyone is judging every word. But they're probably not. Remember the audience hears people speaking in public all the time - you're not doing anything unusual. It might help to look at the back of the room, not at the faces looking at you. Remember you won't look as nervous as you feel
2. Know your subject
If you do your research you'll be confident in what you're talking about. Rehearse your presentation several times beforehand so you know what you're going to say, how and when.
3. Stay calm and use positive body language
Breathe deeply, take your time and talk slowly and calmly. Use positive body language - stand up straight and project your voice.
4. Use props such as slides and charts
This makes your presentation more interesting, and gets the eyes of the audience away from you for a while.
5. Choose your conversation topics wisely
Start conversations on topics everyone can talk about such as family, work, leisure time, travel and the weather. Don't talk about emotive topics such as politics, religion or football.
6. Make your body language work for you
Up to 80 per cent of first impressions are formed by body language, so make it count. Show you're interested in what people say by smiling, facing the person, and making eye contact. If you lean forward and nod, it will show that you are listening. You can use hand gestures to emphasise your point.
7. Ask questions - let others do the running
Take the pressure off yourself by making other people do the talking. Show you are a good listener, and let people talk about themselves.
8. Be upbeat and positive
Be enthusiastic about what you're saying - don’t mumble or ramble. Be clear and positive, without using "kind of" or "sort of" or "a bit", and don't apologise for what you're saying. You can also search our course directory for courses to improve your public speaking and interpersonal skills. Use the keywords public speaking, presentation skills and interpersonal skills.
The Twitter Job Fair initiative was launched following research from Twitter UK which revealed that over half of respondents (58%) think Twitter is a good resource when looking for a job, and two thirds (67%) think Twitter is a good place for companies to advertise vacancies.