By Marci Reynolds
Is Twitter a fantastic social media tool? Yes! Is Twitter a job board? Yes! The lines between the traditional job boards like Monster and Dice and social media sites like Twitter are now becoming blurred.
Employers, recruiters and hiring managers are now actively posting jobs via 140 character tweets.
There are hundreds of thousands of jobs posted every day, internationally, and that number is growing.
As a job seeker, reviewing and responding to postings on Twitter can give you a competitive advantage.
Here is a step-by-step guide on how to find job postings using Twitter.
Before you search for jobs on Twitter you will need to consider two things, keywords and hashtags.
Simply enter your keywords and hashtags in the search box provided, then hit enter.
Any tweets matching your search string will display in the results. Here is an example of what a job tweet often looks like --
Join the @[company name] team. Explore #JobOpenings and apply online at http://shortURL.
If you have target employers in mind, search Twitter on the employer name plus the word "jobs" or "careers" like the search "Verizon jobs" for example.
If the employer tweets about their jobs, they may use a Twitter account specifically for that purpose. In fact, Verizon does have a Twitter account for job opportunities, called "Verizon Careers." If you are interested in working at Verizon, follow that account.
Don't give up if you can't find a "jobs" Twitter account for specific employers, look for a recruiter who works for the employer, or simply follow the employer's Twitter account (assuming they have one) to stay up to date with their news, like expanding their business or hiring in a specific field or location.
As you search for job listings on Twitter, you may notice that the most relevant job postings come from just a few Twitter accounts. Instead of signing up for an RSS feed of keyword search results, you can follow the relevant Twitter users, add the Twitter users to your own Twitter List (perhaps named "Job Search") or follow that specific Twitter user.
Job-Hunt has several useful lists of Twitter accounts that can help you. Pick individuals out of the list to follow one-by-one or follow the entire list. Looking at Job-Hunt's list of employers recruiting directly through Twitter, you might be interested in just following the specific employers who interest you, or monitoring all of the employers.
Reviewing Twitter job postings is one more free tool that you can add to your job search tool box. There are jobs posted for every location, industry and profession. And, you can have jobs automatically delivered to your desktop via an RSS reader or to your Twitter account by following or listing target Twitter users.
So, try a search today! You have nothing to lose, only job search momentum to gain.
Marci Reynolds has her MBA from Bentley University with a concentration in managing operations & technology and her BS, Business & Marketing from Northeastern University. She also holds Six Sigma Greenbelt and HubSpot Inbound Marketing certifications.