When it comes to searching for a new job, social networking sites can be incredibly powerful tools—and Twitter is no exception. A large part of Twitter’s effectiveness results from searching and tracking hashtags, an especially smart move if you’re on the lookout for a new career opportunity.
Hashtags 101: What Are They?
Hashtags are, quite simply, topic or keyword search terms preceded by a “#” sign. You may have noticed them in Facebook status updates, but they’re most effective on Twitter because they’re searchable (and were originally created by Twitter users for that very reason).
Hashtags can be used for everything from events and conferences to Twitter chats and industry happenings. Of course, not all hashtags are created for professional use; many of them are created by individual users to add a tongue-in-cheek element to a tweet.
Whether you use Twitter through the official website or through a platform like HootSuite or TweetDeck, you can search hashtags. And in dashboards like HootSuite, you can add a column that monitors mentions of a specified hashtag so you can always stay up-to-date on tweets about that topic. You can also use a service like Twilert to deliver a daily email digest of a particular hashtag’s mentions.
15 Must-Use Hashtags for Job Seekers
Because hashtags typically identify a certain type of content within a tweet, they’re particularly useful for finding job openings and other employment-related information. Enter any of the following top job-seeking hashtags into a Twitter search and see what pops up:
You can also combine multiple hashtags in order to receive results that are more specific to your interests/skills. For example, if you’re looking for an engineering career, try searching #engineering #career or #engineering #careers to help eliminate irrelevant results.
If you’re tweeting about your search for a job, don’t forget to include hashtags in your tweets, too, to help others find you. For example, post a link to your LinkedIn profile with the hashtag #hireme or #needajob.
While you’re on Twitter, check to see if the companies at which you’d like to work are there, too. If they are, be sure you follow them. Be careful not to spam a company with several tweets about why they should hire you; instead, think of Twitter as a tool to help you research and familiarize yourself with a company before you commit to a job opportunity.
And speaking of companies on Twitter? We’re there, so be sure to follow Burns & McDonnell Careers for up-to-date job openings. If you have any additional tips on using hashtags in your job search, feel free to leave a comment!
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