If you’re tired of the same old ho hum headhunting-style search for candidates or if you’re desperately seeking employment – you might want try your hand at Twitter.
According to Twitter, it’s a great way to find your next office superstar (and pitch yourself as one). Here’s how:
Charlie Loyd, a self-described satellite image enthusiast, perfected a better way to make maps with his customized approach to cloudless imagery. He tweeted a sample of his work to five top mapping companies. One of them, @MapBox, replied within three minutes.
That Tweet led to a phone call, an in-person interview, and ultimately, a job offer.
But although Loyd’s work is obviously pretty niche and he may not have faced odds as extreme as a freelance writer, for example, there’s no reason others (even writers) can’t achieve similar results.
Twitter shares some tips for job seekers and we’re expanding them a bit:
- Follow people in your field and fields that are closely related (don’t put all your eggs in one basket).
- Ask intelligent questions and follow up with links to your best work, but only when it makes sense to do so. The moment will come – be patient (and ready!).
- Update your profile with a link to your portfolio and make sure these 25 things are NOT included in your bio.
- The advanced search feature if your friend, use it! Twitter shows you how with these examples for San Francisco, Paris, Berlin and Mexico City.
- Join hashtag chats related to your field – or start one of your own! Just make sure you’re consistent about holding chats, if you do.
And here’s another Twitter-initiated list for the employers out there:
- Twitter chats are a great way to identify industry experts – so check em out. They’re also good for generating positive PR for your company and making those potential candidates want to work for you. So make sure you don’t just list jobs; promote your company culture and values.
- Monitoring your company’s Twitter accounts is key – how else can you respond to promising candidates right away? Being receptive sends a warm fuzzy.
- Don’t be afraid to make the first move. “Seek out the best talent and take an active interest in their work. Ask thoughtful questions and offer to help facilitate a conversation with a shared connection, either within your company or broader industry.”
Twitter is a great place to scope out candidates’ and companies’ personality and communication styles – particularly as both are typically more open on social media than they would be during a formal interview process.
Have you used Twitter to find a job or job candidates? And have you ever ruled someone out because of what you saw?
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