LinkedIn may be the first social networking platform you think of when searching for work. However, Twitter has many opportunities for job seekers as well, but in a more casual setting. You can follow hiring managers and recruiters on Twitter without having to establish a formal relationship like on LinkedIn.
Twitter can be overwhelming. How can you narrow the field and cut through all the noise to find a great career opportunity on this fast-moving platform.
1. Optimizing your Twitter bio to find work
Reconsider the notion that you must always apply for jobs actively. Consider that recruiters use Twitter to search for candidates. If you want to appear in the results, optimize your Twitter bio.
There are only 160 characters so use them all. Your qualifications, industry, and past work experience might be included. Employers might be looking for keywords such as “finance graduates”.
It is also a good idea for people to contact you by opening their DMs. These can be switched on via Messages > Setting > Direct Messages.
2. Twitter Lists: Find valuable content using them
How can you sort through hundreds of Twitter accounts to find job openings? Twitter lists is the answer. This is a group of accounts that you can group together to make it easier for you to find the information you need.
Instead of relying solely on Twitter’s general feed for the information you are looking for, you can create lists to assist you in your job search. You might create a list that includes companies that hire graduates or offer remote work.
You can give your list an address, a description and even add an image. These are essential fields to include if you want your public list. However, if your list is for job-seekers, you will probably need to set it to private so that no one else can see it.
3. TweetDeck makes it easy to organize your job search
TweetDeck provides a dashboard that gives you an overview of your Twitter account. To enhance your Twitter experience, you can quickly view all of your Twitter accounts, popular topics, messages and account information.
TweetDeck is easier to use on a desktop computer than on a smartphone. You can also keep track of industry news, job openings and other important updates from this location.
After you sign in with Twitter, you can modify the columns to give you the most relevant information.
4. Build a Relevant Twitter Network
You shouldn’t expect to gain thousands of followers in a matter of hours if you are new to Twitter. It takes time. Follow these accounts to build a professional profile.
- You might be interested to work with these companies
- Firms that recruit
- Career fairs
- Coworkers from the past
- Professors in colleges
- Leaders in your industry
You can also create Twitter Lists based upon your connections. Follow these accounts but don’t stop there. To build a lasting relationship, engage with them and reply to their tweets frequently.
5. Participating in Twitter Chats
Twitter Chats are recurring conversations hosted on the same account. They may be weekly or monthly but will usually occur at the same time. Every Twitter chat has a hashtag you need to follow. This hashtag should be included in all messages you send during the chat.
You can start looking for Twitter Chats that you want to join. For example, #JobHuntChat is held on Mondays at 9:00 EST. This chat offers advice on networking, interviewing and creating a winning resume.
6. Maximize your Twitter Search Use
There is so much information on Twitter. You need to be able to correctly use the search tool, starting with the terms that you use.
You can use a combination of keywords to create this sequence: location + job level + industry.
Your result could look something like this: New York + Graduate + Job + Accountancy
It is possible to replace the word “job” by “hiring.” You can substitute “job” with “vacancy”, or “position”, if you need.
Once you have chosen your search terms, you can filter your search results further. Filter options include From Anyone, People You Like and Location.
Click Advanced search to to include hashtags and accounts. engagement is also possible.
7. Reduced Job Opportunities
While we’ve discussed Twitter Chats and Twitter Lists as well as how to grow your Twitter network, there are many other ways to search for job opportunities on Twitter. You can use hashtags to follow tags such as #gradjobs or #salesjobs.
A list of companies that you want to work for is a good idea. A large corporation may have a separate Twitter account for recruiting purposes. KPMG Careers Twitter profiles differ from the main KPMG account.