Twitter For Job Search? Yes!

You don’t always hear Twitter described as a job search tool, but it can be. It can connect you with employers, with their employees, professional groups, and help build your online profile. And don’t let general perceptions and connotations about Twitter scare you off: if you’re looking for a job, it is definitely a resource to consider investing some time in.

First – Similar to LinkedIn, Facebook, and others, employers recruit from Twitter and some even advertise their jobs there. Check it out. Search for specific terms related to the type of work you want, employers you want to work for, professional groups who operate in the industries in which you want to work, etc. By establishing solid professional relationships with your interests and followers, you can build a name for yourself online.

Second – Take advantage of hashtags (#). Hashtags are essentially flags added to keywords to make them stand out/easier to find. There are tons of hashtags in use related to job search; below is a list of some of the more popular ones. Just type any one of these into the Twitter search field and you’ll instantly get specific and relevant content.

#workintexas, #wkdev, #career, #careerchat, #careersuccess, #employment, #greenjobs, #hirefriday, #hiring, #HR, #jobhuntchat, #joblisting, #jobopening, #jobs, #jobsearch, #jobtips, #recruiting, #resuchat, #training

Finally, here are some additional resources you might find helpful if you’re curious about Twitter and its advantages.

  • Helpful chart defining some of the acronyms you’ll see on Twitter
  • Good tips for using Twitter for job search
  • Advice on how to reach out to an employer via Twitter once you’ve applied for a job

Happy tweeting.

3 thoughts on “Twitter For Job Search? Yes!

  1. Steve C November 5, 2013 / 10:51 pm

    Also, make use of LinkedIn (Linked In). This is a very good site because you can make connections and you can message your contacts and I have called several from just connecting with them. Then, you get Endorsements – these are from your peers or the career you are in – they can see-hear-observe your work and will endorse you in a particular skill. LinkedIn is a more direct, no messing around, website and is used primarily for business. If you are, say, a Professional Musician or Songwriter, you can connect with those people in the Industry. You can send them links or where to find your work and then, if they like it, will give you an endorsement a good thing, similar to a thumbs-up. Also, LinkedIn is like a resume all it’s own – I think it is wise to put your Endorsements near the top, just under your Summary (Summary is just an intro and explanation of what you do and IF you are looking for work). By doing this, an interested party can easily find your endorsements – the more you have, the better.
    LinkedIn also has ‘personal endorsements’ where another member ‘vouches’ for you, why they did and that is very helpful, too. A great place to look for, and find, everything and everyone you are looking for. Then, you can offer to connect and then if they accept, you can message them direct and find out info that would usually be hard to find about their company and who it is that actually fills positions, then you connect with them, or at least KNOW who it is. If you want, you can actually put ‘job seeking’ or something similar under your photo and that will show up on all exchanges. No pride issues, no shame in doing this – you are simply letting others know “I AM AVAILABLE!”

    I know this is about Twitter, but it’s close enough to include in this blog. And, tell the truth, always. Don’t fluff a lot of skills that you don’t actually do – it will come back on you. Just be yourself, let your skills work FOR you and hopefully, you fit into a job simply by having the same interest in anything, then the work you do will come up even in casual conversation This is a very useful tool, so don’t overlook LinkedIn. In fact, my last two searches ended with two phone calls, meeting in person a CEO of a Cymbal Company and we discussed the possibility of being a Rep in Texas for that company (I used my experience in sales, business, and some ideas) and it was a good meeting. First phone calls, then another President of a music product company (again, possible sales Rep). And, BOTH were out of my State (Headquarters) so, the possibilities are endless with some work on your part. This was right about the time I was layed off and I’m going to see if the offer is still there.
    In some careers, you may be asked to move, relocate, which can be an issue. Point is, USE this valuable tool to find new work. I have been told I would have to move and I’ve been told (in a very auspicious way), I was a bit too old. But, that could be true with any job seeking tool or interview. Learn about LinkedIn and use it to help you find a new position. AND! Remember – try and get as many Endorsements as possible and list them near the top of your page. Your skills are listed and the endorsements are numbered for that skill. It simply (and quickly) tells the inquirer that you, the job seeker, are accepted, acknowledged, and adept at what you do. Just a tip, so good luck. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has used LinkedIn in finding a new position or new work. Good Luck, hope this helps.
    Steve C
    Texas

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  2. Scott Eychner November 8, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Thanks for the comment. Some great info!

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