The Social Media Job Search Jungle & Twitter
Twitter may not strike you as an obvious job search site, but some argue that’s exactly what makes it so useful; the less people there are looking for jobs on Twitter, the better your chances are for landing one. Organizations post job openings on Twitter all the time – and that’s especially true of employment agencies. For instance, you’ll find an abundance of opportunities if you follow Adecco’s Twitter account. Bottom line, if you’re interested in working at a certain organization, start following both the organization’s account and the accounts of individuals who work there. And this is easy enough to do since you can follow people on Twitter without having to obtain their permission (which is not true of Facebook or LinkedIn).
Broaden your job search with hashtags and TwitJobSearch
A good way to broaden your Twitter job search is to check out relevant hashtags. Individual hashtags’ popularity may shift, but among the most popular for job seekers are #jobs, #hiring, #recruiting, #jobsearch, and #jobposting. There are many others, too, and you can probably guess what they might be based on these examples. However, if you find that more general hashtags such as these are yielding too many irrelevant results, you can always try hashtags that are specific to your location or industry, such as #torontojobs or #engineeringjobs. You can even streamline your search using TwitJobSearch, which is exactly as its tagline describes it: a job search engine for Twitter.
Broadcast your job search – tactfully
Of course, Twitter’s also a great way to broadcast the fact that you’re looking for work. But you should be tactful about how you share this information. Make sure your profile is professional looking and that your bio speaks to your work experience. Start tweeting and re-tweeting about news in your industry, and tweet phrases (as long as they’re 140 characters or less, including spaces) such as “That sounds like my dream job” when you see tweets about jobs you’re interested in. These subtle approaches are more likely to elicit feedback than if you simply shouted your desire to find work from the mountain top.