Over the past couple of months, I’ve spent time researching and compiling Twitter Lists, a new Twitter capability that is currently still in “beta” (not quite ready for prime time).
Job-Hunt’s Top 10 Twitter Lists are presented in order (below) by the total number of Twitter accounts they are following today, with one exception at the end. I expect the number of accounts in each list will probably increase as I discover new accounts in the future, so the number of accounts in each of these lists may be different when you view them.
The accounts you find in each list should be consistent with the title of the list. For example, the largest and most popular list, Employers-Recruiting, contains ONLY employers or in-house recruiters for employers. It does not contain job boards or independent recruiting/staffing company Twitter accounts. The job boards are probably on the Job-Listings list (if they Tweet their job openings), and the recruiters are probably on the Recrutiers-and-Recruiting list. Assuming they passed the “sniff test” (below).
“Sniff Test” Criteria
As usual, I’ve tried to be very careful of the accounts that are included. They had to pass my personal sniff test which means - when added - they were:
- Relatively current (new Tweets within the last week, or within the last couple of months - in a few cases – as with employers who Tweet only when they open a job).
- Relatively high signal-to-noise ratio (more on-topic Tweets than lol-great-party-last-night Tweets).
- Relatively reliable (on-topic Tweets at least once a day).
- Appeared legitimate. The Bio explained who they were, and the links in the Profile fit with who they said they were.
If links were included in the Tweets (as in the job listings list), the links that I tested went to relevant content on Websites that contained contact information and seemed to be genuine. I usually tested the most recent 10 to 20 links.
- Not (usually) brand new unless I knew the account to be legitimate and expected it to be reliable.
The sniff test, particularly the signal-to-noise ratio requirement, has eliminated a few well-known names, unfortunately.
Job-Hunt’s Top 10 Twitter Lists:
- @JobHuntOrg/employers-recruiting Twitter accounts of employers, across the globe, who are using Twitter to directly recruit employees. Following: 383 employers
NOTE: Monster is on this list because Monster is now using Twitter to recruit new employees! Interesting!
- @JobHuntOrg/job-search-experts Twitter accounts of experts in many aspects of job search. Following: 158
- @JobHuntOrg/job-listings Twitter accounts consistently sending out a stream of job postings, from job boards or recruiters. Following: 94
- @JobHuntOrg/recruiters-and-recruiting Tweeter accounts by recruiters or about recruiting. Following: 84
- @JobHuntOrg/resume-writers Twitter accounts of professional resume writers. Following: 22
- @JobHuntOrg/career-coaches Twitter accounts of professional career coaches. Following: 21
- @JobHuntOrg/social-media-experts Twitter accounts by experts in the use of social media. Following: 9
- @JobHuntOrg/interns-new-grads Twitter accounts by experts in helping college students find internships or new grads to find jobs. Following: 9
- @JobHuntOrg/personal-branding-experts Twitter accounts by experts in the use of personal branding. Following: 8
- @JobHuntOrg/military Twitter accounts relevant to members of the Department of Defense and their families and friends. Following: 38
This list is not strictly a job hunting list, but I am a veteran, married to a veteran, daughter of parents who both served in World War II, and these people are close to my heart. They need and deserve all the support I can give them.
Updates and Additions
These lists are not “finished!” Each day I find additional accounts to add, so these lists will be continuously updated, and – when they get too big – will be sub-divided into sub-categories.
If you know of an Twitter account which should be included, but is not, please:
- Add a comment with your recommended addition(s) below.
- Please do keep the Sniff Test Criteria in mind when you make your recommendation, and don’t waste your time or mine. I will not add an account which does not pass the Sniff Test or looks “fishy” in any way.
- If you find that one of these accounts has, pardon the expression, gone rogue or gone fallow, let me know. I will check out your observation and respond, as appropriate.
Good luck with your job search!
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About the author…
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. In 1998, her company, NETability, Inc. purchased Job-Hunt.org, and Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt since then. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Google+.