Job Searching With Twitter

Are you having trouble searching for jobs? Try using Twitter. Here are a few methods to utilize the social networking service to help build your brand:

– One of the most popular and effective tools is to use the website twitjobsearch.com. One of the problems with Twitter is that if you are not following the right accounts, you might miss out on jobs that fit your experience. Twitjobsearch helps alleviate that problem  because it aggregates thousands of jobs that have been tweeted by recruiters and companies. You can search by location, industry, and experience level.

Twit Job Search

I typed in “Write in Boston” and got 83 results. Pretty cool, right? There is a map of where the jobs are located in the area.

However, you have to be really specific with what your looking for. I got a job listing for a “senior statistical analyst” when I looked for writing jobs.

The advantages to Twitjobsearch is that jobs are posted in real time, so things are updated fairly regularly.

– Twitter can also be used to build your network. The great thing about Twitter is that you can directly communicate with professionals in the industry. You might get some name recognition among leaders.

Here are some tips that came up during a live chat on Mashable with NPR’s Senior Director of Talent Acquisition and Innovation, Lars Schmidt:

  • Follow the industry you are interested in, and participate in communities you care about.
  • Don’t just retweet what others are saying; create meaningful content that people care about. Be a thought leader.
  • Use Twitter as a jumping-off point to your more detailed online profiles — a personal blog or LinkedIn profile, for example.
  • Many companies have job-related Twitter handles. Following those is a great way to keep tabs on job openings, rather than searching the company’s website.
  • Build your network before you need it; engage with people who do what you want to do.
  • Don’t be overly professional. Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to people about your interests.

– The big take-away from this is that Twitter gives you the ability to build a brand. Chat with industry professionals, advertise your own content, and follow what other industry leaders are doing.

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