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How to Use Twitter for Your IT Job Search

Hiring companies and recruiters have discovered that they can find new hires through Twitter at a fraction of the cost of posting openings on job boards.

From a job seeker’s point of view, what is the difference between a job board posting and a tweeted opening?

The Twitter posting is now, current, and immediate whereas the job board posting could be around for weeks or months. Also, since not everyone has adopted Twitter into their job search, you will have less competition.

There are literally thousands of new postings daily, so here are some tips on how to incorporate Twitter into your job search strategy.

Twitter "Job Board"

See openings from thousands of channels and employers. Enter the kind of position you are seeking and see tweeted requests from such companies as CitiGroup, Accenture, Verizon and hundreds of others.

Employers Distributing Their Job Postings on Twitter

Part of your job search strategy should include identifying 10-30 firms that you are really interested in. Many of these are prolific job posters; examples include @SearsJobs, @CitiJobTweets, @Accenture_Jobs, and @JobsatIntel. Make sure you follow these firms so you can ensure you receive the latest postings.

Recruiters Sharing Leads and Job Postings on Twitter

There are literally thousands of organizations seeking talent through Twitter. Here are some of the best ways to find them. Remember to follow those companies you are targeting.

Example: @sfmobile jobs shows jobs for the Mobile Web and Digital Media in Silicon Valley, Seattle, LA and NYC.

Sources of recruiters and employers recruiting on Twitter:

•Jim Stroud's massive directory of recruiters on Twitter, both independent and in-house

•JobMob's list of 400+ Twitter accounts sharing job postings and other job leads

Using Hashtags to Find Postings and Leads

Example: Project Manager – Windows 7 Migration needed in Newark, NJ! #projectmanager #windows7 #jobs

Identify the hashtags that best fit you and use them regularly. A great resource for searching for hashtags include and where you can also see how frequently tweets using that hashtag are posted.

Use hashtags associated with:

•The technology you do (e.g., #windows7 #linux)

•Your preferred industries (e.g., #telecom #finance)

•Your preferred applications (e.g., #WP #Mastercam)

•Your specialties (e.g. ecommerce, SEO)

•Employers on your target list (e.g., #apple #google)

Other good generic hashtags include:

#job #jobs #jobpostings #jobangels #ITjob #ITJobs #Tech #digitaljobs #softwarejobs #jobs #jobsearch #jobseekers #jobhunt

Bottom Line

If you want to reinvigorate your job search, incorporate these Twitter tips, and start communicating with hiring managers.

About the author: Don Goodman, Job-Hunt’s IT Job Search Expert, is a triple-certified career professional (Expert Resume Writer, Certified Career Coach and Job Search Strategist) with over 15 years of experience helping thousands of people quickly land their next job

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