Everyone probably remembers the first time they heard about Twitter and about how young people were throwing around their one-liners about sitting on the porch, walking to the mailbox, walking back to the porch, sitting down …well, you get the picture.
But since that time, Twitter has evolved into an amazing resource for companies seeking customers—and even job seekers looking for work.
One reason that seekers have had success landing jobs through Twitter is because of the use of hashtags, which function as mini search tools. They help others find you and your comments based on your use of the number sign (#) followed by specific words (e.g., #lookingforwork). Let’s take a closer look at how they could help you find a position.
Hashtags Help You to Network Successfully
Hashtags have worked wonders for job seekers attempting to reach out to networks of people in hopes of acquiring help in finding work. This is because networking has become its own beast on Twitter, and hashtags have functioned as its catalyst.
For instance, if you use the hashtag #finance, and then note that you’re looking to network with others who are seeking work in the field, you’re likely to connect with others who have utilized or searched the same hashtag with the same interest.
Twitter is a community created to communicate and connect with others, so take this opportunity to meet new associates with similar interests.
Hashtags Help Recruiters and Hiring Managers Find You
Another great use of Twitter hashtags is sending out the message that you’re looking for work. This has been accomplished with great success under the #hirefriday hashtag, which is utilized on Friday to help both recruiters and hiring managers find job candidates who are actively seeking employment.
There are other hashtags out there to help recruiters and hiring managers find seekers if the seekers incorporate them into their tweets. They include #dreamjob, #hireme, #internship, #laidoff and #jobsearch.
Top Job-Seeking Hashtags
By conducting your own Twitter searches, you’re likely to locate job opportunities that could help you find work. Here are some popular hashtags companies and recruiters use to lure candidates: #benefits, #career_fair, #compensation, #hiring, #HR, #interviewing, #jobposting, #recruiting, #resumes, and #training.
And if you’re hoping to draw some attention to your own search, consider these hashtags: #BA, #CV, #resume, #employment, #jobhunt, #MBA, #needajob and #resume, along with your short message that incorporates a tiny URL linking to your resume.
When using hashtags, it’s good to utilize ones that are likely to be searched by others so that recruiters and networking buddies can find you. Twitter can indeed function as a playground for the young at heart, but with the right use, it can also function as a vehicle to re-enter the workforce.
About the Author: A nationally recognized resume expert, Jessica Hernandez is President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast and a former human resources manager and recruiter. With more than ten years’ experience directing hiring practices for Fortune 500 companies, she has developed innovative and proven resume development, and personal branding strategies to generate powerful results for clients. As a global resume authority and trusted media source, Jessica has been featured and quoted on CNN.com, Monster.com, Job Talk America radio, SmartBrief, International Business Times, and more. Jessica has her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications/Public Relations from the University of North Florida. Contact Jessica on Twitter!