Life beyond LinkedIn: how to search for jobs on Twitter
I can already hear you asking the question. Twitter? Who uses Twitter to job search? Admittedly, I used to think the same thing. I historically reserved my Twitter use to tweeting to TV shows (only to be disappointed when my witty repartee never made the screen). But, I was wrong. Twitter is much more.
While LinkedIn may be the most obvious digital platform for job seekers, Twitter is increasingly gaining traction as a useful recruitment, job search and hiring tool.
These five tips will help you to get the most out of your Twitter job hunt:
Jazz up your profile
Your Twitter profile is your personal brand, so make it engaging. Create a Twitter bio and add a profile image that conveys your personality and career goals. Use hashtags appropriate to your desired profession. Remember, your Twitter profile isn’t usually purely professional. Twitter is a great way to showcase your personality and talk to others about your interests.
Network and communicate
Firstly, create a list of target companies to home in on relevant content. You can set your list to public or private, and add as many users to it as you like. To build lists, search a name or username, select the gear icon next to their info and select ”Add or Remove From List”. Clicking on a list gives you a timeline of tweets from just those individuals and companies.
From here, follow the industries and companies you’re interested in, and take part in communities you care about. You may also want to follow recruiters, potential managers and colleagues, publications, job forums and industry leaders. This way, you can initiate discussions with people who inspire you and find job opportunities at specific companies.
Share content meaningfully
Don’t just use your Twitter as a means of self-promotion — be interested in what other people are doing and engage with them. Also, share valuable, relevant content. This will inspire others to follow you, and stay with you.
Use search tools
You can use Twitter’s built-in search bar for job openings: Type in a location, “hiring” and seniority level (such as “manager or “director”), and you’ll likely see tweets about open positions in your field.
Alternatively, job search engines such as Twitjobseek allow you to search for jobs posted on Twitter using keywords - for example, software engineer in Sydney, NSW. From here, you can click on a link to find a job's application page. Take a look at the Twitter users who are most frequently posting these listings; they might be worth following.
Hashtags such as #jobs, #jobadvice, #jobhunt and #jobsearch offer both job openings and general job search advice. To find specific jobs, try hashtags containing common job titles, industry and location. e.g. #job, #Australia #projectmanager to find specific jobs.
Bonus tip: Follow @telstracareers to find out more about working at Telstra, job opportunities and career advice.