Social media is rapidly changing the face of job searching. The days of searching the classifieds seem archaic and even Craigslist is over-saturated with spam and scams. Job seekers are now flocking to social networks as a resource during their search. I am offering up a few helpful hints when using social channels, specifically Twitter, to navigate your search.
Twitter isn’t terribly saturated, yet, so it is a great way to find exact job matches if you know how to search for specific terms and/or jobs. Firstly, if you need to register for an account, head to Twitter and follow the sign up instructions. After you’re registered, let the job search begin!
Your Twitter bio is a great place to let employers and recruiters know you are actively job searching. Keep your bio simple and clear of any profanity. A good example of a professional bio might read something like, “Human Resources Professional open to being contacted regarding new opportunities.” Of course if you are currently employed, this may not be a good idea because public Twitter accounts can be viewed by anyone.
For those of you not all that familiar with Twitter, searching the site is simple! For starters, let’s say you are a job seeker in New York City. In the search bar at the top of your Twitter homepage, enter a term relevant to your search and simply insert a number sign, or in “Twitter lingo” a hashtag, before it. For example, if you are searching for jobs in NYC you might search the term #NYCjobs. Entering hashtagged words in the search bar will return all tweets with that same tagged keyword.
Once you’ve found a tweet regarding a job you might be interested in it would be a best practice to follow the account who posted the tweet. If there is a link within the tweet, click thru, if there isn’t, reply to the account and ask for more information. Replying to a tweet is simple, either click the “Reply” button under the tweet or simply put an @ symbol in from the of the account name and ask for more details. For example: @AtriumStaff, please tell me more about this PR position in NYC and how I can apply.
Additionally, you should follow accounts of companies that you may want to work for and tweet them with the @ symbol. If/when they follow you back, you now have a direct line of communication with them in the form of a “DM” or direct message. To send a direct message, go to the users page and click the little envelope under their profile photo. You now have 140 characters to make an impression!
More and more businesses are using Twitter to share their open positions and recruit employees because the service is FREE. It is free to them and free to you too, utilize it.
Hopefully you have found these tips informative. Now when you are searching Twitter for a job you are equipped with the right tools to cut through the fat and find the job that matches your search! Follow us on Twitter for more helpful tips @AtriumStaff.
– Allie B.