Opportunities to find a job are everywhere on Twitter. Getting these jobs takes some different tactics than traditionally. Resume’s are becoming less important as the importance of a solid social media community continues to increase.
In this article I cover 10 tips that will help you find a job with Twitter by identifying more job opportunities and positioning yourself as the best person for the job.
1. Start a #HireMe Campaign
Let your followers know you are on the hunt for a new job.
Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date and send a tweet sharing your profile link.
Tweet valuable resources and do your best to help your audience out. You can help people in your Twitter network by sharing their content, recommending them, and helping them build buzz about content they are sharing.
If you have helped others they will feel inclined to reciprocate the helpfulness, so when they see that you are on a #jobhunt they will be more likely to help you out if they can.
Send a tweet asking if anyone knows about new opportunities in your niche.
You can use #hashtags to let people know you are doing a #jobsearch.
You can find general job advice and lots of listings through hashtags like #jobs, #recruiting, #jobadvice, #jobposting, #jobhunt and #jobsearch.
To narrow it down seek out more specific hashtags, such as or #prjobs or #salesjobs.
Job-Related and Industry Chats:
Getting involved with industry chats is a way to show your industry in a particular field and represent yourself as a knowledgeable person.
Also, if your search isn’t going so well, get involved in job-related chats, such as #jobhuntchat, #careerchat, and #hirefriday for friendly advice.
3. Build a Strong Network
A lot of successful Twitter job stories actually end with the punchline, “I wasn’t even looking for a job.”
The stronger your network is the more of a reason there is for employers to hire you, if you are willing to tweet on behalf of your employer.
4. Connect with Recruiters
Using the Twitter Marketing software TweetAdder I did a search for any Twitter accounts with the keyword “recruiter” in their bio.
The search returned: 5425 people with the word “recruiter” in their bio.
A bio search is not the only way to use TweetAdder to build connections, you can also follow all people on Twitter list, or people who have recently tweeted a keyword or phrase you want to target.
To discover how to use TweetAdder for maximum effect check out this TweetAdder networking success guide.
5. Optimize Your Bio
Include a link to an online CV or resume in your bio.
Make it clear that you are seeking employment and taking action to find a job. Let people know about the kind of position you are looking for.
Ask your audience to share your profile with potential employers and make it easy for people to contact you for more information.
Get your followers to connect with you on LinkedIn and take the time to create a complete LinkedIn profile.
6. Position Yourself as an Expert
Be a thought leader.
Speak your mind and back up your thoughts with facts.
Spark discussion with people who have large followings.
Insightful quotes and quality content are two tried and tested content marketing strategies that work very well for gaining recognition as an expert in your niche.
7. Use a Twitter Job Search Engine
TwitJobSearch is one search engine for finding jobs on Twitter. Below you can see what it looks like.
Tweetmyjobs is another Twitter job search engine. This jobs search engine seems more enhanced than TwitJobSearch but requires that you sign up for a free account before they deliver any search results.
If these two tools do not give you what you are looking for a great place to look is Twitter’s advanced search engine. The nice thing about Twitter’s search engine is it makes it easy to search all tweets and focus in on the tweets that matter the most to you.
8. Start a Blog
If you own a successful blog this will be a clear indicator to any employer that you are a capable content marketer who could help create similar success for a prospective employer.
Having a blog also places you in the position of the expert and enables you to develop your voice while building trust with your audience as you deliver value.
9. Follow Job Search Lists & Accounts
The Twitter account @JobHuntOrg created a Twitter list with 180 members that all tweet about new job opportunities! Here is the link: https://twitter.com/JobHuntOrg/job-listings/
Another interesting list comes from @betterjobsearch and he describes the list as “Specialists in reporting, consulting and for job seekers, listings, job fairs.” This Twitter list has 476 members. Here’s the link: https://twitter.com/betterjobsearch/job-guru-career-work
Twitter Accounts That Post Job Openings
Below you will find some Twitter accounts and lists related to different people on Twitter who are involved in the #JobSearch niche.
#JobOpening is another hashtag worth researching.
@alldevjobs - Developer jobs
@ArtDirectorJobs – Art director jobs
@cwjobs - Copywriter jobs
@jobsinhiphop – Jobs in Hip-Hop
@journalism_jobs - Jobs in journalism
@juicyjobs – Green jobs
@libgig_jobs - Library Jobs
@mediabistrojobs - Media job listings from mediabistro.com
@medical_jobs - Medical jobs
@media_pros – Jobs for media professionals
@narmsjobs – Retail marketing jobs
@PRSAjobcenter – Jobs in public relations, communications and marketing
@reflectx - Physical Therapy jobs
@seojobs - SEO job listings
@socialmediajob - Jobs in social media
@travelmaxallied - Healthcare jobs
@travelnursejob - Jobs for traveling nurses
@usmusicjobs - US Music Jobs
@web_design_jobs - Web design and other graphics jobs
By job type
@MyBristolJobs – Job listings from mybristoljobs.co.uk
@chicagowebjobs – Web-related jobs in Chicago
@ChicagoTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater Chicago area
@ITJobsLondon – IT jobs in London
@ITJobsSydney – IT jobs in Sydney, Australia
@JobsBoston - Jobs in the greater Boston area
@jobshawaii – Jobs in Hawaii
@NewYorkTechJobs – Technology jobs in the greater New York area
@PDXJobs – Jobs in Portland, Oregon
@sdjobs - San Diego technology jobs
@sfmobilejobs – Mobile Web and Digital Media jobs in Silicon Valley
@mtltweetjobs - PR/marketing/social media/tech jobs in Montreal
@TopJobsInLondon - Top jobs in London, UK
@web20jobs - UK-based web 2.0 jobs
@JobAngels – Helping the unemployed find jobs
@indeed - One search. All jobs.
@jobshouts – General job postings
@simplyhired - Job search site
@StartUpHire – Jobs at VC backed companies
@twithire - Job board service
10. Take the Conversation Offline
Once you have established a connection with a recruiter or employer who has a job offer you are interested in the next step is to take your conversation to the next level with a call.
Connect on Skype or get a phone number and set up a phone interview. Often there are multiple interviews but sometimes if the interview goes well enough that might be all you need to get the job!
Keep calm when your interview is on
According to Scott Rosenfield of Men’s Health “when it comes down to two equal candidates, employers hire the guy they’d be more likely to hang out with.”
So don’t take yourself too seriously.
Keep a calm and friendly attitude in your interview and it will pay off if you are up against uptight competition.
Have you ever gotten a job opportunity because of Twitter?
Leave a comment and let us know how Twitter has helped you with your #JobSearch.