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When a user first signs up to Twitter, the easiest way to make a good impression is to spend time filling out your profile with as much information as possible:
- Use your real name, or potentially lose credibility.
- Provide links to a resume and any other professional social network profiles.
- Include credentials, job titles (former or current) and industry specialization.
No-one takes the default 'egg' picture seriously; and you may be mistaken for a spammer or fake account. Instead, upload a professionally branded photo -- preferably the same as any other accounts, such as LinkedIn. A standard or specifically-designed professional background will do -- unless you happen to be in the creative industry, and then you may want to use the space to showcase some of your skill.
After setting up your account, take your time and think of a 'one line' biography to attract the attention of recruiters. If you want to be found by such people, use key words and phrases relevant to your industry.
Not only this, but use Twitter as an extension of your resume. Keep it professional and concise -- the more relevant your Tweets to a target audience, the more likely you are to attract the attention of others who may have connections valuable to you.
If you're seeking a position in the IT industry, why not Tweet interesting news and articles, or offer an opinion or two? Tweeting about your breakfast will impress no-one, but some insight in the latest financial quarter results may.
As a means of connecting to others in your field, it goes without saying that following relevant companies and top industry players will keep you informed of any news or changes -- but it will also make you appear keen, and give you a better picture of the companies on your hit-list.