Twitter is one of the social media platforms we talk a lot about here at Approachthemarket, and last week I made a conscious effort to ask everyone I interviewed if they use Twitter for their job search. Not one of the people I met did, and even worse, some are not even set up on Twitter at all.
Admittedly it was not a large sample, but it made me think about job-seekers here in the UK and if they are behind the social media curve compared to the US. Whilst Twitter does offer a gold mine of information on anything you want to know about job hunting, selecting the right information you are looking for is not always easy. There are different people and organisation’s you can follow, millions of tweets to search through, yet one of the easiest ways to dissect all this information is by using hashtags.
For anyone new to Twitter, a good starting point is to read this How To Guide by Twitter themselves which I put in my blog post last week. The usefulness of #hashtags (a # symbol before the subject you are searching for) is that they help collate messages into specific subjects or categories of interest, enabling you to only pull out the tweets you are actually interested in reading. How many messages come back to you on a particular subject depends on how popular the topic of conversation is, but #jobs and #ukjobs are certainly one of the most popular with a constant stream of new jobs being listed.
If you are looking for a new role currently, using hashtags is a tool I would definitely recommend for your job search. I highlighted a number of hashtags for those in the Accounting & Finance profession last week, and the list below will hopefully interest people in other professions too. Besides jobs being tweeted, some hashtags enable you to find out more about general job and career advice (eg CV writing, interview techniques, how to do presentations etc).
There is also a good post by Career Rocketeer called “Top 100+ Job Search Hashtags on Twitter” which is well worth a read, but is US centric. Some of those listed in their article are included below as they are generic tags, and some are what I have found myself. Please be aware that a lot of people posting about jobs are not necessarily in the UK - some will be from Tweeters in the US and others from across Europe, so it will require some effort to sort through. However, it is another great tool to use alongside other social media and traditional recruitment methods we discuss on this blog.
If you know of any other Twitter hashtags which could be useful to professional job seekers, please let me know so that I can add them into this post at a later date
Job Advice #Hashtags
Job Vacancy #Hashtags By Professional Sector
#job and #jobs (lists all kinds of jobs, anywhere)
#ukjobs (all kinds of jobs in the UK)
#salesjobs (Sales jobs)
#financejobs and #accounting (Finance jobs)
#admin (includes Admin/PA jobs)
#exec (Executive level jobs)
#hrjobs and #humanresources (Human Resources jobs)
#IT (IT/Hi-tech jobs)
#nursing (Nursing jobs)
#marketing (Marketing jobs)
#pharmaceutical (Pharma & Healthcare sector jobs)
#banking (Financial Services jobs)
#construction (Construction & Property jobs)
#energyjobs and #greenjobs (Energy, Renewables & Green jobs)
#engineering (Engineering sector jobs)
#graduate (Graduate jobs in all business sectors)
#telecoms (roles within the Telecoms sector)
#manufacturing (Manufacturing jobs)
#legaljobs (Legal profession jobs)
#bilingual (jobs requiring language skills)
#retail (Retail jobs)
Leslie has over 15 years Recruitment experience helping blue-chip corporates to SME businesses recruit for their Finance teams. As one of the founding Directors of McGinnis Loy, a Specialist HR and Finance Recruiter across the Thames Valley and London, he is still actively recruiting in the marketplace today. Follow his helpful tweets on Twitter: @McGinnisLoy
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