Job Searching with Twitter?? — Ask Dan

Twitter isn’t just a place to tell the world about Michael Phelps in 140 characters or less.  It can also be a tool to help you find a job!

Follow these steps to improve your job searching with Twitter!

1.  Set Up a Twitter Profile.

  • Use your real name for a username (instead of BieberFever1988), so that employers can find you.
  • Your bio is limited to 160 characters. Include your city, the type of job you’re looking for, and key words that describe your strengths. Although you’re limited, avoid abbreviations.
  • Include a professional-looking photograph. It can be the same photo from your LinkedIn account. Remember the school photos you used to get? It should look like those – zoomed in, no friends in the pic, and no solo cups in your hand.

2.  Follow Others.

- You can search for other people and groups and follow them.  Once you click “Follow”, their posts (“tweets”) will display on your home page.

  • When you find a person or group that posts tweets you find helpful, go to their profile and see who they’re following. Follow people or groups in this list if they have something in common with you.
  • Follow people in your industry, or a new industry if you’re trying to transition.
  • Suggestions of people/groups to follow:

General:

  • @Tweetmyjobs and @Twitjobsearch – both help job seekers find and organize job-related tweets

Local:

  • @tmj_DC_EDU – education and teaching jobs in DC
  • @TMJ_DC_it – Software Development / IT jobs in DC.
  • @DCPRJobs – Public Relations jobs in DC
  • @MktgJobsDC – Marketing Jobs in DC
  • @WDC_Jobs – Jobs in the vicinity of DC
  • @IdealistJobsDC – Jobs in the vicinity of DC
  • @MyDCJobs – Jobs in the vicinity of DC

3.  Follow Companies.

  • Employers use Twitter too.  Search for companies that you’re interested in and follow them. You’ll can read current developments and learn about job openings.
  • A few suggestions for local companies to follow:
    • @CapitalOne – financial products and services
    • @SAICJobs – job openings at SAIC
    • @BoozAllen – management and technology consulting
    • @FannieMaeJobs – Job openings at Fannie Mae
    • @FreddieMac – Provides services related to home ownership
    • @DanaherU – Product development/management – seeks MBAs

4.  L is for Lists.

  • Create lists in Twitter to combine people and groups with a common theme. For example, you could make a list of companies with marketing positions that you’re interested in.
  • Next to the “Following” button (once you’re already following a person/group), click the icon that looks like a head and shoulders.
  • Click “Add or remove from lists…”, and you’ll be able to create a list and add them to it.

5.  Twitter Job Search. 

Tweet My Jobs is a helpful job search tool for two reasons:

a) Resume upload.  Sign up, upload your resume and it’ll be sent to employers that want to hire.

  • You can link to your Facebook account and get notified if your contacts work at companies you’re interested in.
  • Enter your job preferences (role, industry, company, location).  The less you enter, the more results you’ll get.
  • Enter the frequency of job alerts (instantly, daily, or weekly).
  • Select the job channels you want to follow on Twitter from the list provided.
  • Upload your resume, or build a new one using their template.
  • Once the resume is complete, you can “Tweet your resume” or “Post to Facebook”.

Job Search.  Search by job type and/or location.

  • The search results include Twitter channels to follow.
  • Click “follow” for ones that you’re interested in, and you’ll receive updates from the group on your Twitter home page.

TwitJobSearch is similar to Tweet My Jobs, except it doesn’t have a veteran-specific section, doesn’t let you upload a resume, and doesn’t let you search for jobs in a specific city in the U.S.

Dan Pick is a member of the DC Jewish Community.  He was an officer in US Navy after graduating from Penn State. Now, he’s a consultant saving the world one powerpoint at a time. He’s currently an MBA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and recently created a blog with a classmate to help military veterans transition (Switch). Dan enjoys traveling, running, triathlons, playing guitar, and volunteering in the community. All at the same time.  Dan’s previous column “Hire Me Maybe — Resume Advice” has so far received over 1,500 views.