Using Twitter as a Job Search Tool | Job Search Radio


Like Facebook, Twitter is grossly underutilized by job hunters for making connections and impressions upon potential employers.

On this show, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter speaks with Jennifer Armitstead about the ease of using Twitter as a tool and the steps to take to make it an important part of job search.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and leadership coaching.

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Twitter Profile Basics for Job Hunters | No BS Job Search Advice Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the basics of setting up your Twitter profile for when you are job hunting.

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Summary

I want to talk with you today about Twitter and Twitter profiles.  It is going to sound remarkably similar to what you are told about your LinkedIn profile.

Twitter is a great tool for job hunters.  Most just don’t know how to use it properly.  It really does start off with your profile.  So, I want to give you a few profile pointers to help you with setting up your account, just as I’ve given advice to you for setting up your LinkedIn profile.

If you are trying to use your name (and that’s the ideal thing to do… Use your own name), you may find that with all the existing Twitter members, your name is already taken.  If I go to Twitter now, I suspect that the name, “Jeff Altman” has already been taken.  You can do. Jeff _Altman. You could try Jeff-Altman we do not. You could do AboutJeffAltman… Anything that makes sense.

Sometimes, you run into situations where the name you want to choose is too long.  For example, when I tried to register, “TheBigGameHunter,” I found that that was one character too long.  As a result, I dropped off the “e” in “Hunter,” so that it became, “TheBigGameHuntr.”  That’s become a way that people can find me.

Look at ways that you can play with the length of your name for your profile on twitter. 

Then, use a good picture.  Always think in terms of what an employer might find about you. If they are looking.  Ideally, if you can use the same professional photo that you use on LinkedIn for twitter, it will help you as well because people will recognize the similarity.

You can also add your twitter feed into your LinkedIn profile, as well. You can included in the summary with a remark like, “To find out more about me, follow me on twitter.” Then, you put your handle on twitter into your LinkedIn summary.

Next, complete your bio.  There are only 160 characters in the twitter bio.  So, you can do something like, “I am a senior developer in Java who is looking for opportunities in the Los Angeles area.”  Be very specific about what you are looking for.  For me, I describe the various interests I have in single words.  “Recruiter.  Podcaster.  Author.  Publisher.” Things along those lines.  I’m just trying to make people aware different ways that I can help them.

When all is said and done, you need to promote your twitter handle so you can use in the signature that you send out with your personal email.  You need to promote the signature for people to find you.  Make sure you include your location in your twitter profile.  If someone is trying to find you to hire you, or is looking for your kind of background, 1 of the criteria that I use is location.  Recognize that and included.

Lastly, look for a background that makes sense for you, especially if you are in 1 of the design fields.  You always want to make sure that your appearance on twitter complement your brand.  Where you can, include something that is graphically appealing.  That way, when people come to it, it will help them have a great impression.

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Two Ways to Use Twitter in Your Job Search

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses two ways to use Twitter has part of your job search.

 

Summary

I want to talk with you today about using Twitter as part of your job search. I’m not going to explain what Twitter is; if you don’t know anything about it, you’re going to have to research it elsewhere.

I want to suggest two things for you:

1. Follow recruiters, headhunters, employment agencies and hiring managers at firms that you target. If they say something that is interesting to you, try to engage them in conversation. Especially with hiring managers, it becomes a way to create a favorable impression with them.

2. Use Twitter search to follow conversations that relate to your particular area of expertise. Let’s say, you are a Java developer, #java becomes a way that you can find conversations to follow.#javajobs or #java-jobs might be a way that you can find Java positions that you might fit.

Twitter is vastly underutilized for job hunting. There is a lot less competition on sweeter to get the attention of hiring managers and recruiters if you are trying to reach out to them through Twitter.

If you want to reach out to me by the way, my handle is @TheBigGameHuntr.

Follow me on Twitter. Follow me around the web.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

You can order a copy of “Diagnosing Your Job Search Problems” for Kindle for $.99 and receive free Kindle versions of “No BS Resume Advice” and “Interview Preparation.”

Don’t forget to give the show 5 stars and a good review in iTunes

Finding Job Leads Through Twitter


What’s the best tool for finding job leads on Twitter? The answer may surprise you.

 

Summary

For years, I’ve been telling people to visit TweetMyJobs.com to get an idea of jobs that were available through Twitter.TweetMyJobs is no longer around; there’s a new name for it–CareerArc.com. I just ran a search using it, knowing that I have a position in Madison, Wisconsin and the site is not finding the job or anyone else’s posting about the job.

As a matter of fact, the site is pulling up relatively few jobs at the right level in Madison Wisconsin. In general, what I’m finding is the site is in not doing a great job of finding positions that I know are available, not simply my own, but others, too.

It begs the question, “What can you use instead?”

The answer is–Twitter. Twitter is now pretty good. I would use it to look at broad categories. Is that you’re not going to get positions near the city like you might on other sites. What you can do is enter a search term (keyword), the word “job” and the abbreviation for the state the position might be located in.

For example,”accountant” “job” “NY”.That will turn things up for you.

If you are looking for something in Long Island City or on Long Island, unless the tweet went out as Long Island City or with the specific town on Long Island, you are not going to find it. That makes Twitter less desirable than other search tools you might use.

However, if you are looking for something in a large urban city (New York, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, for example), it’s not a bad way to search. You’re going to turn up a lot jobs pretty easily.

Again, don’t forget Twitter itself

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Using Social Media More Effectively (for Employers)

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains a simple way to do recruiting more effectively.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Twitter Profile Basics for Job Hunters

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the basics of setting up your Twitter profile for when you are job hunting.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

The Basics of Using Twitter in Your Job Search

 

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the basics of using Twitter in your job search.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me a question via email, chat or phone ? Reach me via PrestoExperts or Clarity.fm

Using Twitter To Build Your Network

 

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter lays out a strategy for you to use Twitter as part of your networking.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a recruiter for more than 40 years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me a question via email, chat or phone ? Reach me via PrestoExperts or Clarity.fm

 

Social Media and Recruiting

The new vogue notion in the media is that social networking can be an effective way for talent to market themselves. It is also the current “in vogue” method to source talent . . . and rightly so.

With so many people online, there is so much information available to choose from . . . were i not for all the work, it would make sense to forgo 3rd party recruiters and do it yourself.

Here are a few ideas that you can employ to help you use social networking sites effectively.

Are you using Twitter to broadcast job openings?

Is your Twitter account connected to your Facebook page and your LinkedIn account?

If you are a recruiter, are you searching LinkedIn regularly for candidate leads (to use it effectively, you really need one of the services they charge for)?

Does your firm have a fan page on Facebook? Do you monitor it for what people say about the firm? Do you list positions there with links to your website?

If you have a LinkedIn profile, is it only constructed toward promoting yourself or does it promote opportunities at your firm.

Have you created a presentation about your firm and why it is a great place to work and posted it to Slideshare.com . From there, you can connect it to your LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook accounts. Add it to Scribd and Docstoc , too.

Do you answer questions on LinkedIn Answers?

Do you use tags on LinkedIn to categorize people?

Do you actually recruit from LinkedIn? You know, use the information that is there and then pick up the phone and call someone?

Have you actually Googled yourself and seen what others may have said about you?

Have you searched groups on Ning to find groups where your target audience might be lurking? Ning is a service that allows people to create their own social network. Search for groups to join or create your own.

Deploying some of these ideas will result in more hires less expensively.

 

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Twitter Job Search

Although LinkedIn gets all the attention in job hunting, Twitter can be very useful, too. It can help by giving you a relatively noise free way to build connections with business leaders, HR professionals, recruiters and others that help you “cut the line” and give you an advantage in your job search.

Here’s how to use Twitter to do that:

1.Join Twitter if you are not already a member (Duh!)

2. Choose keywords that are relevant to what you do. You can use Hootsuite or any other tool like it (Tweetdeck and Seesmic come to mind) to create streams to track each keyword or phrase.

3. Get in the mix.

Initially, get noticed by a key figure by engaging in a discussion or answering one of their questions, rather than send a direct message to them.

Who are these people?

People who have large followings, people who have relevant job titles for your profession or who are senior professionals at firms you want to work for. You can find out who many of these people are via Klout and WeFollow.

Retweet some of their posts to your friends and followers.

Comment positively on things they say or politely point out things they may have missed in their thinking.

Develop a relationship, don’t just simply follow them and ask them if they will hire you. Would you do that?

So make some time to set this system up.

Like creating any social media job search strategy, it may not help you with your job search this time. But may be the key to your next two job changes.

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