This section of our guide is meant to help you create a professional version of your Twitter profile.


On your Twitter profile, you can have two photos: your profile photo and your background photo. Both of these photos should be professional. For your profile photo, you will want to choose a simple headshot. If you do not have this type of photo, the Career Development Center can take this photo for free by appointment.

For your background photo, you will want to choose something that supports your professionalism. You have the ability to upload your own content for the background photo, so you have a lot of flexibility here. You may choose something that highlights your company, your university, or an interest (i.e. a motherboard for computer engineering majors).


Every Twitter profile has space for one external link to be promoted. This is an opportunity to link to additional professional information about yourself. Some smart places to link to include your LinkedIn account, a blog, or another website that highlights you as a professional.


Every Twitter profile will have a handle to identify it. For example, Bill Gates's handle is @BillGates. When creating your handle, you want to choose something that is professional and somewhat short. You want it to be short because it will count towards your 140 characters you get in each tweet you send out. Some common professional combinations for your handle include: your full name, your abbreviated name with a professional keyword, your abbreviated name and your location. You want to be careful about using o, 0, l, and 1. These characters can be difficult to distinguish between each other, so use them wisely.


Your profile will also include a 160 character biography. Obviously this is not a lot of space, so you will want to be concise. We recommend trying to fit in a keyword or two in your biography. It is also worth mentioning that Twitter is not ultra-formal, so you can include a small tidbit about yourself as a person as well as you as a professional/student.