Major companies are increasingly using social media as a recruitment tool, and while LinkedIn is still an important digital platform, Twitter is rapidly gaining popularity with job seekers and employers. Twitter has become a powerful job-search tool.
There are literally hundreds of job seeker websites but here are three specifically designed for Twitter recruitment.
- TwitJobSearch: This account allows searches of Twitter using keywords, not only hashtags.
- TweetMyJobs: Several major companies such as AT&T now use this account for recruitment. It is convenient for job seekers as it will send you personalized job listings via your mobile device, email, or Twitter.
- Twellow: Twellow makes it a lot easier to find the right recruiters and the best ‘influencers’ to follow to help you with your job search. It does this by organizing Twitters by category.
In terms of experts in the field of job searching a few are very highly regarded in terms of the quality and value of the information they provide:
- @LinkedIn_Jobs: Despite the huge growth in Twitter, LinkedIn remains the premier social media resource for professionals across all fields. As such, being connected to it is a must for a job seeker. Once you have subscribed, career listings are fed directly to your account.#
- @JobHuntOrg: Tweets for this account are posted by Susan P. Joyce. The focus is tweets giving career advice, helpful articles for job seekers, and posting U.S. job listings.
- @SocialMediaJob: The power behind this account is Dave Weinberg. He aggregates job listings in the growing and important social media sector.
It’s a good idea to follow a few industry “movers and shakers” who are important in the employment sector too when you are job hunting. Following their accounts and Tweets will allow you to benefit from their expertise. You may even be able to ask questions that he or she will respond to. The way to source these accounts is to do a Google search using keywords similar to “top twitter users in [your career]” and see what you find. You will have a period of trial and error as you identify the ones you find most helpful. Two popular accounts are:
- @Blogging4Jobs: This account is written by Jessica Merrell, a columnist for The Huffington Post, and is a great combination of professional and personal discussions. In addition, she offers webinars and live chats.
- @LindseyPollak: This blog is written by Lindsey Pollak who is well-known as both a keynote speaker and a LinkedIn ambassador.
- @YouTernMark: This account provides career advice aimed specifically at college graduates. However, non graduates will also gain value from it as he also offers general tips for all job seekers.
- @heatherhuhman: With this account the focus is on advice about entry level jobs and internships, setting goals, and interview skills.
All these great Twitter accounts are out there to offer you general and specific advice and guidance and to help you locate the job listings you want. Go out there and make the most of them!