Twitter has been one of the most popular social networks for several years now and is widely used by marketers to promote their businesses. But did you know it’s an excellent job search tool as well?
It’s true. Research from Undercover Recruiter even found that 45 percent of job seekers are already using Twitter, which is actually more than LinkedIn at 40 percent. Here are some specific ways to use Twitter to help you land a job.
Become a “Good Follow”
Gaining momentum on Twitter and getting hiring managers to take you seriously begins with beefing up your profile and posting interesting content. For starters, you’ll want to:
- Post a professional-looking headshot
- Upload a tasteful background image
- Fill out your profile completely
- Make reference to your industry, job skills, interests, etc.
Then get in the habit of consistently posting content that’s reflective of your industry and skill set. This could include posting links to high-value articles and industry news or sharing your own personal tips. Also make it a point to retweet content from other Twitter users. Being a “good follow” is important once potential employers find your account and will influence their hiring decision.
Follow Relevant Accounts
You then want to start actively following people, companies and organizations in your industry. This is one of the quickest ways to gain knowledge of available job positions and openings. According to Software Advice, “35 percent of Fortune 500 companies have a recruiting-specific Twitter handle, which they use to tweet one to three times per day.”
There are also job board accounts. Be sure to follow any company or job board you’re interested in and check your Twitter feed consistently so you can jump on new opportunities as they arise.
Hashtags are an efficient way to quickly scan Twitter for targeted topics – in this case open job positions. Fortunately, using hashtags is quite simple. Just enter # followed by key recruiting phrases in the search bar. Here are some examples:
If you’re looking for a job in a particular field or niche, you can streamline things by weaving it into your hashtag search. For instance, you might use #administrationjobs or #customerservicepositions. Click on the link to find more information on a particular position.
Twitter is an extremely valuable job search tool. You just need to understand how to use it and which features to take advantage of. With a little effort, you can unlock a wealth of opportunities and connect with employers.
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