The Twitter craze is real… that’s for sure. Companies are hiring people to be there Twitter liaisons’ (example: Pizza Hut, or “The Hut”). Social media director positions are being posted that list having at least a few hundred Twitter followers as a pre-requisite.
So, why aren’t you utilizing Twitter to its maximum effectiveness yet? As you use it to keep up to date on celebrity gossip or economic news, other people are finding jobs right under your nose! So, how can you find jobs using twitter?
Effective Job Hunting via Twitter
If, for example, you were interested in getting a programming job from Company X, traditionally you would go to their website and submit an application (I use traditionally in the modern sense, haha). As times are changing, you could open up some opportunities by signing up for Twitter and following your target company so that you can be alerted to job postings.
TweetMyJobs acts as a layer between Twitter and the job seeker. It recognizes the issues involved with just following every company you are interested in. Whenever they post a job for financial analysts, human resources coordinators, operations supervisors, etc, you will be bombarded with their messages for jobs you have no interest in. Multiply that by 10 companies you are following and information overload comes into play.
In comes TweetMyJobs.
As the image above states, all you need to do is sign up for TweetMyJobs (it’s free) and tell it what location and/or job type you want and it will target your results. No more financial analyst positions when you want to stay as far away from numbers as possible.
TwtJobs allows you to take a more laid back approach. All you need to do is go to the webpage and create a Twitter resume. You can make it searchable or not and you can tell companies if they can publicly tweet you or not. You can also create a job post if you are looking to hire someone.
You have the option to upgrade to a premium account in order to personally brand your Twitter resume. How much is a premium upgrade? Whatever you think its worth. Just add a dollar amount you think the upgrade is worth during checkout and all is fair.
Twtjobs is one of the most popular bookmarks on Delicious right now: http://delicious.com/
TweetCruit went ahead and compiled a pretty extensive job searching site on Twitter. It integrates messaging, pre-screening of applicants, an applicant management system, workflow abilities, and pretty comprehensive analytics.
What kind of analytics? Unlike what the other sites advertise, TweetCruit will track how many followers the original tweet goes to. And then afterwards, how many times the tweet is re-tweeted, how many people the tweet reaches in the secondary market (which incorporates the re-tweet), click through rate on the job link, and the conversation rate for applications. Wow! That’s a lot of data for the recruiter to have at their fingertips.
What are the advantages for the job seeker? Well, these kind of align with the above advantages to the recruiter. By filtering out noise, you are able to get more targeted job ads. This will waste less of your time and improve your chances of getting a job. Oh, and it’s free for you! :)
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Created by David Pew after being laid off from his job, Twitter Jobcast uses the Twitter API to post any tweet that uses the word “hiring” to the home page. You can use the sites search function to try and narrow the results down based on job keyword or location.
One downside seems to be that there is a lot of noise, though. For example, if someone tweets “I wonder if Batman is hiring someone new to be his Robin?”, you will get that result on the page. Furthermore, searching by zip code yields some results that are close by, but others very far away. It seems as if it uses the location of the person posting the job in some cases… not sure.
Regardless, the service is yet another way you can use Twitter to find a job opportunity. It is worth looking at!
Let the Hunt Begin!
This is by no means an all-inclusive list of ways to use Twitter to get a job. But, I would start with these four services and see if they have something to offer to you.
If you find a few good jobs, share your tactics in the comments so other readers can maximize their return from using these websites.
If you have a suggestion for a few other Twitter job hunt services, drop them in the comments and hopefully that will give aid to a few people looking for a job!