The amount of Irish twitter users increased between 2016 and 2017. Twitter has become a key area for professional communication and also a great platform to post job opportunities and source possible candidates.
Over the past few years social media has impacted and changed our manner of consumer behavior along with the job seeking and recruitment process. It is our opinion that these changes are very positive. The social job search allows for a greater chance to research the company, a great platform to sell and distinguish yourself from other candidates and an increased dialogue for your future employer. The following are our top 5 tips to make the most of Twitter in your social job search.
1. Let the world know you
One of the most obvious first things you should do when using social media for your job search is to let the world know that you have a Twitter account. You should include a hyperlink to your account on your CV and use it perhaps in your personal email signature. Link your Twitter with other platforms, or as a promoter for your blog, allow people the chance to get to know you. Additionally, let your network know that you are looking for a new role, or better yet, the type of role you are looking for. Some people would rather a more conservative approach, but the social platform ethos is all about transparency. Leverage your network for introductions, share jobs and be referred on to a role, ‘ask and you shall receive!’
2. Connect and communicate
Twitter is uniquely positioned, arguably more so than any other social platform, to connect with people. You have the ability to follow anyone on Twitter immediately and vice versa without an approval process. The opportunity to engage with the highest leader of your target industry is only a click of a ‘follow’ button away. Research the company, follow the decision makers in your target company, retweet their industry news, if appropriate start a conversation or otherwise send a discrete DM.
3. Actually Network
Twitter is not all about self promotion! Do just add people to have them in a list and push your own message on them. This is all about dialogue and actually networking. Engage in your industry of choice, joining in on conversations and interacting. This will also make a good impression for prospect employer visiting your profile.
Show an interest in other people and retweet their ideas. The concept of paying it forward is strong within social media. Helping others can hold some leverage with your networks in the future and build stronger relationships.
4. Searching in Twitter
Hundreds of Irish companies are communicating on Twitter, so being able to effectively search through all these conversations to find the job opportunities is crucial. The website search.twitter.com is an advanced search option and allows for a more precise search than the in-site search option. Click on advanced search and you can enter keywords like ‘hiring’. ‘job’ or ‘opportunity’ to find you a role as well as you word to describe the job you are looking for. You can also precisely refine by location as well.
An interesting idea is to make this search real time by integrating it to your RSS reader. If you don’t have an RSS reader try www.feedmyinbox.com, create an account, and add the RSS reader link to receive e-mail updates instead.
Posted by Ruth Tobin on 28 November 2017