Once upon a time, job searches were performed by responding to classified ads in the newspaper or working directly with an employment or recruiting agency. Along with online job sites and recruiting teams like MyHealthRecruiter.com, social media sites have become a great source of information for job searches.
Whether you are looking for a job as a CEO, CFO or COO in the health care industry or are a chief nursing officer or director of case management, you can leverage social media to your advantage. Many people think of Linked In as the best social media site for executive job searches, but Twitter has also become a great tool. To help in your search, we’ve compiled a list of 15 ways to use Twitter in your job search.
- Identify the top 10 employers you’d like to work for and connect with people who work there. Start by following them, and then start a conversation through retweets, favorites and direct interaction.
- To keep track of companies you’d like to work for and managers and employees at that firm, create a Twitter list so it is easy to follow and track.
- Follow industry experts.
- Discuss your industry and ways to improve it.
- Ask questions about your industry.
- Share links to relevant blog posts and articles that are relevant to your industry.
- Keep your Linked In profile updated and tweet your Linked In status updates.
- Occasionally mention that you’re looking for a job in a particular field or geographic area and ask followers to “DM” you if they know of any opportunities. (DM – direct message)
- Keep your Twitter profile updated, interesting and professional.
- Use a professional photo. It should be the same photo you use for Linked In and other professional social media sites.
- Create a custom background.
- Use your elevator speech as your bio.
- Include a link to your CV or resume in your bio.
- Create a free account on Tweet My Jobs to receive updates when relevant jobs are available.
- Follow @microjobs on Twitter. For additional suggestions of who to follow to the get the most of your job search, check out this article on Mashable, How to Find a Job on Twitter.
- Review tweets with the hashtag #jobsearch.
- Connect via direct message with mentors or industry experts that you’d like to learn more.
- Position yourself as an expert in your field by sharing unique content and making substantive comments on the tweets of others.
- Tweet links to your blog posts, your resume or other online samples of your work.
Have you had success using Twitter as a job recruitment tool? If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences. Post something in the comments section below.