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Twitter for job hunting and networking

Twitter can be an excellent tool for job hunting and networking with recruiters and professionals. It is a very 'open' social network as you can usually follow whoever you like on Twitter without them ‘approving' you as a friend. This makes it is easy to find, follow and communicate with organisations and professionals in every industry.

It is frequently used by employers to advertise internships and jobs, promote events and competitions, and communicate with potential job applicants. For some sectors, eg media and marketing, employers will often expect you to have an active Twitter profile. Some jobs and work experience opportunities may only be advertised via Twitter, so if you are not using it, you can miss valuable opportunities.

Find advertised jobs on Twitter

A tweeted vacancy can reach thousands of people within minutes. In fact, some jobs may only be advertised on Twitter (eg media jobs), as these employers don't need to advertise widely to get applicants. They prefer applications from motivated candidates who are using social media and are proactive in their job hunting, rather than just relying on the big graduate job sites.

To find advertised jobs on Twitter, use the search box at the top of the Twitter homepage and search on keywords, e.g. "graduate finance jobs". However, specialised Twitter job search engines, such as www.twitjobsearch.com can also be useful, as they trawl Twitter specifically for vacancies that meet your search criteria.

Communicate with graduate recruiters on Twitter

As with Facebook, many graduate recruiters use Twitter to communicate with students who are interested in their organisation. Following graduate recruiters on Twitter is a good way to find out about the latest opportunities, deadlines, when they're on campus etc. Some recruiters even tweet "insider info" eg application tips, or hold live Q&A chats with their recent recruits. If you have a question for a recruiter, contacting them via Twitter is a good way to get a quick and friendly response. If you tweet a recruiter to thank them for an interesting presentation they delivered on campus, this can create a good impression when you come to apply.

Network to create your own opportunities

Because Twitter is an open social network, you can use it to make new contacts with professionals in your chosen industry, which may open the door to work experience and jobs. Many students have had success using Twitter in this way. However, don't just tweet people asking for a job - seek opportunities to join in conversations and let the relationship develop naturally.

Some suggestions for getting started:

  • Find and follow professionals and organisations in your chosen career sector. Observe them and see what sorts of things they tweet about.
  • Re-tweet interesting things and comment on the industry news. Try to sound like a "professional in development" in your tweets and you will gradually start to "get on the radar" of professionals in the sector.
  • Gradually join in conversations with the professionals and organisations you're following, pose relevant questions and add your thoughts. You could throw in a tweet along the lines of: "Interesting blog on the outlook for publishing sector, thanks! Do you envisage your org. will be needing grads with social media skills?" to try to steer the conversation towards job opportunities.
  • If you have a LinkedIn profile or a (professional-ish) blog, link to that from your Twitter profile so that recruiters can "check you out" and get a more rounded view of you as a person and future professional. If your blog is relevant to your chosen career sector, you can feed your blog posts onto Twitter.