How to Use Twitter as a Recruiting Tool

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One of the most vocal advocates of using Twitter as a recruiting tool  says”Experienced recruiters want to use traditional methods because they think Twitter is only for young people and they are looking for seasoned individuals,It’s the exact opposite. Twitter has been a great source for more candidates with progressive skill sets.”

The micro-blogging, social networking website can be a powerful way for small companies and recruiters to expand their list of potential job candidates. If they use it right, that is. “Are you going to log in to Twitter and instantly have a pool of candidates?It doesn’t happen like that. You have to be consistent and it will pay great dividends.”

Here’s how to get the most out of Twitter when it comes to recruiting:

How to Use Twitter as a Recruiting Tool: Getting Started on Twitter

As a recruiter, you can use your own Twitter account or use your company’s, but it should be clear that the purpose of your account is to share available jobs and information about the companies that are hiring.

Since Twitter gives you just 140 characters to get your message across, don’t beat around the bush. Tweets should be along the lines of: “Looking for a Sales Rep in NYC, Very competitive salary, apply at (include a shortened url).” To make your job postings stand out, you can also use hash tags, which are formed simply by prefixing a word with a hash symbol (#). Hash tags are used as a way to filter and find information on Twitter. By including a hash tag with a keyword in your tweet, it becomes instantly searchable. Here are a few examples of hash tags you might consider using: #job, #jobpost, #employment, #recruiting, #hiring, #career, #staffing, #salesjob, #NAJ (that’s Twitter lingo for ‘Need A Job?). You can use more than one hash tag in your tweet, but remember that your characters are limited, so be strategic in which hash tag or tags you use.

If your company has a Twitter account but not a lot of followers, there are tricks for expanding your network and building relationships with clients and job candidates. Run a quick search on Twitter (search.twitter.com) for anybody discussing a specific keyword and you can get hundreds of contacts. You can search for people you know, by location, by industry or interest, by hash tag, by popularity, by time and more. “I’ve enjoyed building a community on Twitter and follow job seekers and career search experts,” says Stephanie Valadez, a human resources generalist at North Texas Leaders and Executives Advocating Diversity. “I think Twitter has helped us gain exposure, redirecting job applicants to our website and people who may be interested in our free services.”

You should also follow associates and other recruiters that might be sources for candidates. Tim Heard, president of eSearch Associates in Louisville, Kentucky adds, “If a recruiter has established a network of followers who tend to fall within the recruiter’s area of specialization, then the tweet about a job might not be an invitation to apply, instead, it might be a request for referrals.”

There is also the opportunity to market events you will be attending, such as a tweet saying, “Stop by our career booth at the Sales Tech Expo.” More importantly, your Twitter account is a place to inform potential hires about your business. Your tweets say a lot about your company and what\’s important to it.

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How to Use Twitter as a Recruiting Tool: Targeted Networking Services

If firing job postings off into the ether doesn\’t feel like the best use of your energy, there are companies like Jobvite, TweetMyJobs, and others that help businesses target their tweets to a particular audience. Jobvite has recruitment applications that integrate Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter promotion. TweetMyJobs is a service that posts jobs based on a specific job function and geographical area.

TweetMyJobs has over 9,000 job channels, which are essentially Twitter accounts it manages. A company can post job listings to its Twitter account and then TweetMyJobs will grab them from there. If a company doesn’t have its own Twitter account or doesn’t want to use it for such purposes, the company can enter the post into TweetMyJobs’ system for distribution. \’We distribute them based upon their function and location to the correct job channel,\” says Gary Zukowski, president and CEO of TweetMyJobs. When a job has been filled, TweetMyJobs will also remove all references to the tweet. Synerfac Technical Staffing was one of TweetMyJobs first clients. They have a host of clients including Netflix, AOL, Sony, Intercontinental Hotel Groups and AllState.

via How to Use Twitter as a Recruiting Tool | Inc.com.

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