How to Find a Job on Twitter (Part 3)

Another way to find jobs on Twitter (assuming that you read the earlier 2 parts of this series) is to search certain hashtags. Lots of times, people use them as a way to promote their open positions. Here are a few examples of jobs (or job leads) that have been posted using various job-related hashtags.

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Here is a list of hashtags you may want to play around with in your searches:

You might also get lucky if you do a hashtag out of your job title. For example…

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You may want to narrow your search down to a location. As such, include the name of the area with your search and/or as a hashtag. For example., using the hashtag #SFO to find jobs in San Francisco.

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Some other search strings to try on Twitter:

Umm… I think that will be it for this series, unless something else hits me in the middle of the night and I get inspired to write more on this. Time will tell.

How to Find a Job on Twitter (Part 2)

Okay, in part 2 of this series, I am going to build on what I said in part 1. (But, you probably already knew that. Wow. You are so smart.)

I want to go a bit deeper into the Twitter search commands, actually the advanced search commands that you might not have been aware of. Twitter has a lot of search functionality already, you just have to know where to find it. Fortunately for all concerned, I do! Simply hop over to search.twitter.com/operators for a complete listing.

The first thing I noticed when I was experimenting was that the Twitter searchengine likes boolean commands. (Oh goody!) As such, here are a few examples I have put together for your use (with explanations).

More to come…

Jim

How to Find a Job on Twitter (Part 1)

When I was brainstorming this series of posts, I thought about starting it off with a bit of info about Twitter and what it is and why its relevant. And then I thought, nah, if you don’t know why Twitter matters then you are probably not reading this anyway. But just on the off chance you are clueless on what Twitter is all about, here is a quickie video.

Okay, whether you are an expert Tweeter or a novice, by now you should get that Twitter is a whole bunch of conversations happening at the same time and in real-time. People are talking about everything and I do mean everything; what they had for lunch, celebrity gossip, a bazillion things that you care absolutely nothing about… and jobs. Now there are quite a few job boards out there that are powered by Twitter! I’m not talking about them in this series. Maybe next time. (Sowwy!) For now, I want to help you eavesdrop on Entrepreneurs, Senior Managers, Recruiters and people seeking Consultants. How? By performing a few searches.

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If you like what you see, here are a few search suggestions to inspire you.

So once you have found a few interesting tweets, what do you do? Well, I can think of a few options…

  • Tweet them from your Twitter account and ask to be of service.
  • Follow them and (more than likely) they will follow you back. When they do, send them a message about your background. Or even better, a link to your resume on ResumeBear. Why? You will be able to track what happens.
  • Look at their bio. Is there a link to a company website? If so, go to it, find an email address or phone number, make the deal happen.

More on jobhunting with Twitter in the next post! (But you probably already knew that since this was part 1 and all. Um… yeah.)

How To Network On Twitter (Part 3)

I was thinking about what I was going to write for part 3 of this series when I remembered a Tweet I got from @johnsodd1. Earlier this year, he tweeted me something that caused me to have a double-take. He tweeted me a few keywords about his background and added a link to a webpage where I can get general information about him. Nice. As I reflect on the tweet he sent me, I began to appreciate his strategy. Let me break it down (as I see it).

  1. Darren Johnson created a Twitter profile for the sole purpose of approaching Recruiters on Twitter.
  2. At the time, he protected the tweets on his blog so nobody will see how many Recruiters he has been contacting. (Its open as of now.)
  3. His bio page is pretty simple. He has it set up on a Webs.com page, but I would recommend that he instead add it to ResumeBear. Why? He could get stats on when his resume was viewed and by whom. (Gotta love that!)
  4. If I wanted to request a resume, I click a link that sends me a graphic of his email address. This is smart as well because it protects him from getting a spam list. Still, it would be better if he had it on ResumeBear. Who doesn’t want to know who’s been looking at their resume?
  5. When I retweeted Darren’s Twitter resume (way back when), I added the hashtag #twitterresume because I did not have an opportunity to discuss with him, but I hoped that either: a) Some Recruiter sees it and approaches him and/or b) a jobseeker sees the tweet and becomes inspired to do the same.
  6. I imagine that Darren did some research and found my name on a list of Recruiters that are on Twitter. Perhaps this one? –> http://tinyurl.com/trdv3

All in all, it was a good strategy! Kudos to you Mr. Johnson.

How To Network On Twitter (Part 2)

There is an old saying that goes like this, “You have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince.” I typically hear this a lot when it comes to dating and marriage, but I think it applies to networking as well. I mean, let’s face it. Anyone can call themselves a doctor, but how do you know that they are indeed a doctor, let alone a good one? Well, one way to weed out the pretenders is by “crowdsourcing.” I stumbled across an interesting blogpost called “Crowdsourcing Definition #1: What is Collective Intelligence?” that discusses how the wisdom of crowds is often superior to the wisdom of the individual.

Here is a quote:

What is collective intelligence? Jeff Howe, the guy that came up with the term crowdsourcing, says it this way, “A central principle animating crowdsourcing is that the group contains more knowledge than individuals.” James Suroweicki says, “Even if most of the people within a group are not especially well-informed or rational, it can still reach a collectively wise decision.” This is the science that explains why when asked for a lifeline on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, the crowd guesses 91% correctly, whereas experts have a 61% likelihood of getting the right answer. The answers that come from crowdsourcing are called collective intelligence or wisdom of crowds. Yes, two terms for the same thing.

When I saw that, a lightbulb flickered in my head. As I continued to read, something else jumped out at me.

So what does it take to achieve collective intelligence? Will any group of people do? Crowdsourcing has three unique requirements to deliver collective intelligence – (1) a diverse crowd, (2) a qualified crowd, and (3) the right sized crowd.

This sounded like Twitter to me. Why?

  • Twitter has a large and diverse crowd with 75 million members.
  • Twitter members can be qualified with the right searches.
  • Whether or not the number of qualified people (and “qualified” differs with each search) are a large enough sample to give wise information, it is certainly large enough to give you a significant number of pre-qualified leads to people you may want to network with.

Let me show you what I mean by looking up some… umm… some iPhone developers.

  1. I begin by seeking out Twitter followers who have been described by the collective wisdom of Twitter users as being an iPhone developer.
  2. Once I have found these iPhone developers, I will look for moreiPhone developers based on the opinion of the iPhone developers that the crowd has sourced.

I use a few search strings to find Twitter lists that focus on iPhone developers.

Among the results was @joshgrenon who (according to his bio) is “Creator/Co-Host of Inspirageek, .NET programmer, WordPress noob,iPhone developer, Editor for techdrawl.com and reader of success books.”

I notice that he is on 100 lists, so I click that link (as shown below).

I then take a closer look at the lists that are following him or in other words, how the collective wisdom of Twitter crowds has labeled him. Here is a list of the words that stood out to me.

  • birmingham
  • iphoneappdev
  • programmer
  • iphone-peeps
  • software-developer
  • iphone-developers

So according to the Twitter crowd @joshgrenon is an iPhone developer worthy of my networking time as he has been cited on several Twitter lists focused on software and iPhone development; along with several other iPhone developers. (Of course, this is based on the assumption that I have an interest in networking with iPhone developers.)

So what do you think of my logic? I would LOVE to hear from you. Leave me a comment below.

Happy Hunting!

-Jim