5 Steps to Make Lasting Connections With Recruiters on Twitter

by Rich DeMatteo on January 27, 2012 · 22 comments

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When it comes to making connections with recruiters through social media channels, the line between annoying and impressing is very thin.  Today I want to look at Twitter specifically, and provide a few steps for you to not only reach recruiters, but also get on their radar.  Here are the 5 steps:

Step 1: Find Recruiters to Follow

Half the battle is finding a recruiter that is specific to your interests and location.  While some recruiters need applicants on a global level, many only search for talent in a specific geographic location.

Here are some quick tips for finding recruiters to follow:

  • Use Twitter Search and type in the word “Recruiter” and your city.  Example: “Recruiter Philadelphia”.
  • Use FollowerWonk.com and click on “Search Twitter Bios”.  Enter the same search string in the example above.
  • Search hashtags for things like #PhillyJobs, #ChicagoJobs, #ITJobs, #BostonRecruiter, and #JobHuntChat.  Play around with this until you find the right formula.
  • Recruiters love to follow each other, so go through their following list and you’ll absolutely find more Recruiters and HR professionals.
Oh, and don’t forget to click the follow button!

Step 2: RT and Share Their Content

After following, avoid asking for help immediately.  I can guarantee that if you do this right away, they’ll be annoyed.  However, if they do have a current opening that you’re a fit for, then you might want to send a tweet about it.

In most cases, you’ll want to RT and share out their content to your own networks.  Start out first by RT’ing a few times a week, and then possibly once per day.  You’ll receive a few “thank you” messages back, and possibly even a question about who you are and what you do.  Congratulations, you’re on their radar!

Step 3: RT and Share Their Open Jobs

Even if you’re not a fit for their openings, be sure to spread the word and help them fill open jobs they’ve posted online.  This can go a long way and is similar to the strategy in number two.  Simply put, if you’re able to help them, they will happily return the favor without you needing to ask.

Step 4: Find them on Linkedin and Connect

It’s perfectly acceptable to find a recruiter on Linkedin and add them to your connections.  You can either go right ahead and leave them a connection request on Linkedin, or send a tweet to ask if it would be OK.  Either is fine in my honest opinion.

Critical Tip: When you connect on Linkedin, make sure to write out a message and delete the standard Linkedin connection text.  Remind them that you’re from Twitter and provide your Twitter name.  Quick example:

John, it has been great connecting on Twitter and learning from your tweets.  Wanted to network here as well!

- Rich aka @CornOnTheJob

Step 5: Wait For the Perfect Job

Maybe it doesn’t happen day 1, day 10, or day 50, but eventually they’ll post a job through Twitter and/or Linkedin that is perfect for you.  If you’ve done a great job of getting on their radar, sharing their information, and helping them with openings, then you might even be the first person they think of.

Just send them a Tweet or Linkedin message to confirm interest and then hang tight while waiting for their response!

 

Please keep in mind that making just one connection with a recruiter through these steps may not be enough.  Increase your odds and look to make 5-10 new recruiter friends on Twitter per month.  The power in numbers will only help, just make sure they are targeted and the kind of recruiters that you need to be in touch with.

Go get ‘em!

Oh, and make sure you follow me, I’ll help out when I can!

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15 comments
Phoebe Farber
Phoebe Farber

Great advice! I'll be sure to share this article. 

Jessica
Jessica

Really helpful! I was just hired to do marketing for the Staffing aspect of my company and this will help me make sure my team is better utilizing Twitter and all its benefits. Keep up the good work!

Kyle
Kyle

Hi Rich, Really great stuff here, I love the advice you point out in tip #5. Recruiters can smell desperation from a mile away and while it is hard to hold back, continuing to be proactive with the first 4 tips will earn you dividends when your ideal job comes up. Also, I am way behind on Followerwonk, glad you showed us that resource to help the search.

David Gaspin
David Gaspin

Rich - This is spot on and always timely advice. What so many people forget is that recruiters are people, not just functions. They like to see people retweeting and commenting, They want to help people out, but only if the people they're helping have actually done their homework. And I can't stress enough how important your "critical tip" is when connecting on Linkedin. Take a minute to let a recruiter know that you actually put some thought into the connection request and that you have something to say. Keep the great posts coming!

James
James

Find the right people to follow on Twitter is the most fundamental that one needs to follow for creating long-lasting relationships. Great tips on how to find recruiters on Twitter. Thanks.

Marty
Marty

Great Stuff Rich!~ Thanks for writing this one

Harrison
Harrison

This technique definitely works. Recruiters love it when their job openings get RT to more people whom may find the position a better fit for them. Love this post!

Monali Parmar
Monali Parmar

This is absolutely fantastic Rich! I wish more job seekers would connect via social media. That said, there is a definitely a fine line between impressing and connecting so I hope they'll heed your advice.

Karla Porter
Karla Porter

Really nice and sincere advice Rich - I'm going to tweet it now to all the job seekers in the world on Twitter.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Very welcome, Prabodh! Thanks for stopping in.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks for the comment, Harrison! Recruiters take notice of the folks that are on their side for sure!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hiya Monali! Thanks for your comments and kind words!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Karla! Thanks for the kind words and for sharing. Hope you've been well!

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