According to Jobvite, in 2014 ‘94% of recruiters used or planned to use social media for recruiting’ and you can imagine that this number is increasing as the years go by. However social media – in particular Twitter – isn’t exactly the first platform that comes to mind when you think about job hunting, in fact it probably isn’t even the second.
With large online job hunting servers such as LinkedIn, Indeed and Reed you maybe thinking why should we turn to Twitter as a job hunting tool. Over recent years many industry experts have acknowledged just how useful the app can be for those on the job hunt. So here are just a few tips on how to use your Twitter account to make your job hunt m that little bit easier.
Create a professional twitter account
If you’re a twitter account isn’t exactly suitable for future employers to look at then maybe it’s time to make a professional twitter account that showcases your work and is interest in your chosen industry.
Utilise your limited bio space
When writing your bio really think about how you want your employer to perceive you. What are you interested in, what kind of job are you looking for? These are just some of the things that you should ale into consideration when writing your bio.
Want to work for BBC or can you see yourself writing for Cosmopolitan? No matter what it is you want to do or where you want to work it is VITAL that you start following these companies/brands on Twitter. Many of the companies list their job vacancies on their Twitter pages, as it’s the easier way to reach a large audience without having to go through agencies. Also large companies such as ASOS, ITV and have their own career twitter pages that is usually advertised on their websites, so get following those also.
Engage with industry influencers /experts
Don’t be afraid to follow managing directors, CEO’s and editors. These are the people whose good books you initially want to get into. If the editor of your favourite magazine recently featured in an interview or podcast don’t be too afraid to retweet the article or say how helpful it was especially if it’s regarding career advice.
Use Twitter Searches
Looking for a PR assistant role or maybe the job title of graphic designer tickles your fancy, make sure you search your preferred job titles in the twitter search engine. You will be surprised at how many jobs post job ads on their twitters only. Don’t want to miss out on a golden opportunity now do you.
Hashtags are not just for hilarious trending topics and #Followfridays. Whatever job you’re looking for it’s worth doing a quick hashtag search to see what’s been posted, for example: #PRJobs #GraduateJobs #MediaJobs #WritersWanted I am sure you get the idea by now.
Now no one is saying that you are guaranteed to get a job if you follow these steps, but we can guarantee that it will make your job hunt less daunting. Cutting out all the irrelevant job postings and directing you straight to the information you need. Be sure to tweet us and let know how Twitter has helped or made your job search easier!
Words: Lateefah-Jean Baptiste
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