4 Useful tips to find a job via Twitter
Twitter is one of the world’s biggest social networks. This micro-blogging has over 400 million users globally and over 5 million users in South Africa (according to statistics released late in 2013). Twitter has wormed its way into modern society over the last few years and has definitely become one of the symbols of the digital age and one of best networking and communication tools available to mankind.
Did you know that Twitter can also be useful if you’re looking for a job? Well, today I’m providing you with 4 useful tips to steer you in the right direction.
1. Follow @jobmail on Twitter: Did you know that Job Mail tweets out the latest jobs that have been posted on our website every hour? We also tweet out the links for interesting articles that we post on our blog. You could be finding the job that you need or if you RT (re-tweet) one of our tweets you could be helping someone that follows you on Twitter to find their dream job, and you’ll also get some useful advice along the way. So, if you are not doing so already, make sure that you follow us on Twitter via @jobmail.
2. Follow and interact with influential people in your industry: Find out who the gurus and experts are in your industry and if they are on Twitter. A quick Google search should bring up their Twitter profile details or if you can’t find it that way, remember that most influential people will have a blog or website and a link to their Twitter profile will definitely be there. Interact with them, ask them for advice, find out more about the industry that you’re getting into, etc.
If you’re thinking of becoming a blogger follow @bangersandnash, @texxonfire, @watkykjy or @mikesharman to get an idea about how to do it and build up a following. If you’re interested in the social media and digital field follow @MelAtree, @AntonRSA, @memeburn or @mashable for related updates that will keep you in tune with what’s going down in the industry. If you’re in the sales field, follow @TiborShanto, @CoachLee or @donfperkins for related updates.
3. Use Twitter’s Advanced Search option to look for jobs and more: Twitter has a very powerful advanced search function and just like Google, you can search for information about almost anything under the sun. A great way to see which jobs are available is to type in ‘#Jobs’ into the hashtag field and type ‘South Africa’ (or your city / town name) in the “Near this place” field and click the “Search” button. You can also use this search to find out who the influential people are that you should follow.
4. Follow recruiters, job portals and other job sites: Every day more and more recruitment agencies are using Twitter to find candidates. If you can’t find their accounts by doing a Google search, check their websites for links. In South Africa, companies like the DAV Group and Hire Resolve and others are already using Twitter.
Well, there you have it, 4 useful tips to find a job via Twitter. I trust that you will find this information useful and that you find the job that you need soon. If you have any other Twitter tips for job seekers, feel free to comment on this article. If you’ve found this information useful, feel free to share this article on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring – you could be the reason that someone finds a job via Twitter.
Watch this space for regular updates for job seekers on the Job Mail blog.