Twitter Lists and the Targeted Job Search
If you are unfamiliar with the concept of the targeted job search, please read the Targeted Job Search series.
I want you to think of Twitter as a cross between Instant Messenger (IM), a chat room, and a blog.
- Instant Messenger – You can direct message (DM) a user, and the message is private. You can Tweet and use the person’s Twitter handle in the body of the tweet. The recipient will see the tweet in their Twitter notifications. If they have the Twitter app installed on their smartphone, they will be immediately informed of the message. (Great way to get a recruiter’s attention!)
- Chat Room – All public tweets are visible and searchable. I will cover searching Twitter in my next post! Due to the fact that everything is visible, there are things called Twitter Chats. I wrote about Twitter chats in my post Baby Boomers and Twitter? – How about a Twitter chat! It is safe!
- Blog – Users can post a message and a link. This is how many recruiters inform the public of new job postings.
Creating Twitter Lists
Twitter lists are lists of twitter users. When you view the list, you will see only Tweets from the users in the list. This is a great way to filter and group Tweets.
I recommend you create Twitter lists for each company on your target list. This way, you can quickly scan the Tweets for any given company.
Twitter Lists can be public or private. You will want to make your target job search Twitter lists private. We do not want to disclose to your boss or anyone else that you are watching these companies.
Watch the video below to see how to create Twitter lists:
Build a Targeted Twitter List
Once the list is created you can add Twitter users/handles to these Twitter lists. I recommend you add at least one from the following categories:
- Corporate – Companies will often have one Twitter Id where they will Tweet out the news. You may find they have one specifically for hiring, or for a specific region or division of the company.
- Recruiters – Search LinkedIn for recruiters. Add any recruiters that tweet out jobs.
- Hiring Managers – Search LinkedIn for managers of the business area where you want to get hired. Add any managers that use Twitter to the list.
- Executives or Thought Leaders – Find key executives in the target companies and add them to the list.
Watch the following video on how to add Twitter handles to Twitter Lists from these different categories.
Check each list every few days. Depending on the frequency of tweeting, you may have to check more often.
You do not need to tweet, but retweeting or responding to these tweets is a great way to get the attention of the people on your list…which is the whole idea behind the targeted job search!
Try this: Click on the following link to Tweet: I learned all about how to use Twitter Lists in the Targeted Job Search from @careerpivot
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