A Creative Way to Use Twitter Lists to Get Hired

by Rich DeMatteo on November 2, 2010 · 16 comments

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There are many creative ways job seekers gain attention from recruiters and hiring managers on Twitter.  We’ve seen seekers create catchy Twitter handles that clearly state their job search intentions.  We’ve also seen folks with extremely nifty Twitter backgrounds that get the point across well.  Another popular route is joining Twitter chats like #JobHuntChat to engage with the hiring community.  All of these are great, but until last night, I haven’t seen anyone find a way to use Twitter lists creatively.

Last night after #JobHuntChat, I checked the lists that @CornOnTheJob was recently added onto.  I smiled as I caught notice of a new list from @oliviaccheung that featured me and some others.  The list name is hire-me. So simple, yet so effective.

Olivia’s list description is good, but it may need some work.   “I need a job”, it says.  I’ll add in my recommendations towards the bottom.

Olivia then added several recruiters and bloggers that she’s found helpful.  Then being that she’s from San Francisco, she tossed some SF career resources on there as well.  I have some improvements for this section as well, which I’ll talk about shortly.

Kudos to Olivia for the brilliant idea, but I do have some thoughts for her and others thinking of doing something similar.

  • Be Specific – Don’t just say, “I need a job”, in their description.  State exactly what you want.  ”I need a job in Accounting in San Francisco”, would be perfect
  • Create a Big List – A big list will grab the attention of many.  Right now Olivia’s list just has 7 Twitter handles attached to it.  Scope out tons of recruiters in the San Francisco area that can be helpful to you.  Then target career bloggers and career coach’s that may or may not be in your geographic location.  Lastly, find the Twitter handle for the Careers/Recruiters of companies you want to work for.  An example would be @Unisys_Careers – Their recruiters definitely pay attention to that handle.
  • Connect/Engage - This is the most important piece.  This is your money maker.  Shout out to the folks you’ve added.  Make sure they know you’ve added them, and see if they engage back with you.  Maybe they’ll take notice and do this on their own, but maybe not.  Start the conversation and let the sparks fly!

Thanks to Olivia Cheung for the inspiration.  Follow her lead, and create your own Twitter list.  Look for ways to make it your own, and employers will take notice!

What else would you add in?  Have you seen any other creative ways to use Twitter lists?

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11 comments
ايفون
ايفون

I liked this one "Create a Big List"

Marvin Wilson
Marvin Wilson

Good idea, @Olivia. And thanks for sharing @Rich. I didn't think about creating a list for this purpose. But I did create the twitter handle @HireMarvin and purchased the domain name HireMarvinWilson.com. I did this back in June 2009 after someone asked the following question on LinkedIn Answers: "Hire me ! - Is there a better way to phrase this to get folks to "hire" us?" And I thought Hire Me was a great way to show you are looking for a job or might be looking for work at some point in the future. By the way, @Rich, you IMed me @HireMarvin the following: "@HireMarvin Loving your twitter handle/bio and also your website..." I did acknowledge you, but I never thanked you for your comment. So, thank you.

Andre Willis
Andre Willis

Kudos to Olivia. I definitely had a "Why didn't I think of that?" moment while reading this. :) I agree that engaging with potential employers is the most step in your outline, but it's also the most difficult for me. How does one find a happy medium between being too passive and too aggressive?

Marty
Marty

This is a great idea... Great Post

Olivia
Olivia

I hope this helps those who are also trying to find a job! My list is still in its beginning stage, but I will definitely be taking the advice Rich has left and applying it. Good luck, everyone :)

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Andre - I'd say sending 1 or 2 tweets per week isn't pushing it. Also, engagement can come in the form of RT's as well. If they see you've retweeted them a ton, they may respond to that quicker than @ messages.

Olivia
Olivia

Thanks, Andre! I agree, I was just thinking that it would be difficult! What I've done before is sent out a resume to an employer, and then followed up by tweeting to them something like, "I just sent in my resume for the ___ position with @___! I'm keeping my fingers crossed!" Cheesy, I know. But I've gotten responses from it before. Good luck!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hi Olivia - Thanks for the inspiration. It was a great idea by you. Make a few tweaks to it, and add some detail and I think you'll see some cool results.

Andre Willis
Andre Willis

@Olivia @Rich Thank you both for the feedback. Much appreciated!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

No Olivia, not cheesy, that's awesome! Good stuff!

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