Twitter Shares Job Search Tips with HSS Young Adults
By Henry Street Settlement
Ever wonder what it’s like to work at Twitter? On January 19, 2017, participants in Henry Street Settlement’s Young Adult Internship Program got sneak preview when they visited the Twitter offices in New York City. During the visit — part of Twitter’s #FridayforGood volunteer campaign – the YAIP young adults participated in a career panel and mock interview session, and toured the offices.
The Young Adult Internship Program (YAIP) provides job training, internships and other services to young adults 18 to 24 years old who are not currently in school or employed. The program consists of two parts: three weeks of job readiness training followed by an 11-week internship.
Eric, one YAIP participant, was elated with the opportunity. “Their work environment is amazing, so relaxed and encouraging,” he said. “It’s outrageous how everyone there loves what they do and I really liked hearing the stories about how they ended up there and loving what they do.”
During the job training portion of the program, Twitter employees Kirsin Hall and Carly Agresti led a workshop to teach YAIP participants how to use social media appropriately and mindfully, especially while conducting a job search. The young adults enjoyed the workshop, and had a lot of questions.
Then, while in the internship phase of the program, this lucky group of YAIP participants had the opportunity to visit the Twitter offices, where the activities conducted by Twitter employees taught the young adults how to become stronger job candidates.
“When going on an interview, I used to think it’s all about me and all the questions should revolve around me, but I learned that asking the interviewer questions is one of the most important parts of the interview,” said Angel, a YAIP participant who attended the event. Another participant, Haris, expressed gratitude by saying, “I enjoyed the trip to Twitter. It was good to learn something different, meet new people, and get advice on interviews and my resume.”