When it comes to searching for a job online, we’re pretty spoiled for choices. Whether it’s using job boards like Monster, search engines like Indeed, and specialized sites like Idealist, there are a lot of options available to the savvy job searcher. Another tool that can come in handy when it comes to finding the dream job is Twitter. In fact, speaking from experience, I landed one of my jobs after seeing the job listed on Twitter.
So what do you need to do to make sure that you don’t miss out on the many jobs that are being advertised on Twitter? We’ve put together a list of five key tips to bear in mind when looking for job listings on Twitter. Whether it’s how you use Twitter to search for a job or how you use it to present yourself, there’s a lot that you can do using the social networking site to land your dream job.
Keep an eye on key hashtags
The first tip when it comes to any basic Twitter use is keeping track of popular hashtags, no matter what topic you’re interested in. Hashtags make it easy to discover and label content, and when it comes to job search, it isn’t any different. There are quite a few active job search hashtags that are worth watching.
Keep an eye on hashtags related to conversations, tips, how-tos and job listings. These are just a few examples of the kinds of hashtags being used to post job listings or even links to tips for how to land a job, but you can get creative with your search and think about the kinds of keywords that would be used to advertise a job:
Also keep an eye on industry event hashtags. For example if you can’t make it to a conference that’s related to your field, like #sxsw2013 for example, you can always find out what’s going on there by watching the relevant hashtag.
Follow companies and people in your industry
It goes without saying that following other users is also a key part of how you use Twitter, and again, this is another principle that should be applied to using Twitter in your job search. Not only should you follow the leading companies and people in your industry, you should also find out if these companies have HR-specific Twitter accounts. Here are a few companies that have official Twitter accounts dedicated to posting their latest job listings:
Present yourself online
Your online reputation can be key in actually landing the job. Your public Twitter profile can be a great way for potential employers to get to know more about you, so make sure your putting your best foot forward, so to speak. Think about not only what you tweet, but also about how you set up your profile. Make sure your photo, username and bio are all how you would want to be presented to prospective employers.
Your Twitter profile is also a great way to make sure that your work or portfolio is easily viewable. You can share your work, link to your website or LinkedIn profile in your bio, and more.
Follow recruiting companies
Aside from following companies that you’re interested in working for, you can also expand your options by following recruiting companies on Twitter which are also constantly posting new job listings, as well as accounts worth following for job searching tips. Here are just a few you should follow:
Again, networking is a key way to use Twitter. If you’re not interacting with other users, you’re not getting the most out of Twitter that you can. Networking in a job search in the real world is essential, and the same can be said of Twitter. You never know who might notice you if you use Twitter as a means of reaching out to key people in your industry. Of course, you have to use the same common sense and caution that you would in the real world. Don’t be pushy or aggressive, otherwise you’re likely to alienate your potential employers.
Twitter isn’t the only social network you can use in your job search. Thanks to sites like Jibe, you can get more out of Facebook and LinkedIn when it comes to finding a job. There are also quite a few third party services that put Twitter to use for your job search. Do you have any tips for how you can use Twitter to find a job? Share them with us in the comments and don’t forget to download our Twitter guide for free.