Even if you’re not curious about Twitter, and even if you think it’s just for those who prefer messing with a smartphone, you’d pay attention if I told you that top executives are searching for job hunters on Twitter, and posting those positions there.
Really. I’ve seen numerous tweets that literally call out breaking news: I’ve got a position, get back to me if you want to apply.
Look here, they want to hire someone
Let me illustrate. Here is Patrick Gauthier, Head of Market Intelligence at PayPal, one of the most innovative companies in the country, telling us that he needs help.
And here is Rachel Sterne, Chief Digital Officer of NYC, informing us directly that the position of IT Policy Advisor for all of New York City government is open, and indirectly, that anyone who would want to apply, ought to be on Twitter.
See, it’s just that simple.
So, if you are not on Twitter, you can stop thinking that hiring calls are not going to you JUST because of age discrimination. According to what I see, and what has been confirmed in conversations with career coaches, some of the great opportunities are going to folks who are current with technology, and if that’s not you, get moving in that direction.
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Use the Advanced Search tool, and set the keyword to hiring
Do you notice that the word “hiring” appears in that last two tweets that I showed you? That is your keyword. Assuming at this point you have a Twitter account and you are “in the zone” on tweeting, start focusing on the blinking digital signs that someone is searching for you, to hire you.
Go to the http://search.twitter.com/advanced. In fact, bookmark that site since it is going to become a favorite place for you return to again and again! Put in the keywords that you want to find — in this case, hiring. (But on other searches, you can put key words for your industry or other attributes you seek.) Add your zip code and fill in “within this distance”, if your job search is local or you wish to keep your commute reasonable (that is, you won’t be working in your bunny slippers from home, as some telecommuters I know!)
Since there are so many millions of tweets per day, you must fill in a recent date — say two or three days before today — in the “since this date” query. And finally, check the box for “positive attitude”. Hit “search” and get crackin’ to find what you seek, on Twitter.
Below are the first three results that I found, just now.
- Get into the action on twitter
- Bookmark the advanced search tool for twitter, and then experiment with different words to search for useful tweets
- When you see something that appeals, 1- thank the person by retweeting it, 2- do your research on who they are by looking back in their tweet stream, studying their LinkedIn profile, and then 3- go ahead and apply
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