5 Steps to Make Lasting Connections With Recruiters on Twitter

By Rich DeMatteo

When it comes to making connections with recruiters through social media channels, the line between annoying and impressing is very thin.  Today I want to look at Twitter specifically, and provide a few steps for you to not only reach recruiters, but also get on their radar.  Here are the 5 steps:

Step 1: Find Recruiters to Follow

Half the battle is finding a recruiter that is specific to your interests and location.  While some recruiters need applicants on a global level, many only search for talent in a specific geographic location.

Here are some quick tips for finding recruiters to follow:

  • Use Twitter Search and type in the word “Recruiter” and your city.  Example: “Recruiter Philadelphia”.
  • Use FollowerWonk.com and click on “Search Twitter Bios”.  Enter the same search string in the example above.
  • Search hashtags for things like #PhillyJobs, #ChicagoJobs, #ITJobs, #BostonRecruiter, and #JobHuntChat.  Play around with this until you find the right formula.
  • Recruiters love to follow each other, so go through their following list and you’ll absolutely find more Recruiters and HR professionals.
Oh, and don’t forget to click the follow button!

Step 2: RT and Share Their Content

After following, avoid asking for help immediately.  I can guarantee that if you do this right away, they’ll be annoyed.  However, if they do have a current opening that you’re a fit for, then you might want to send a tweet about it.

In most cases, you’ll want to RT and share out their content to your own networks.  Start out first by RT’ing a few times a week, and then possibly once per day.  You’ll receive a few “thank you” messages back, and possibly even a question about who you are and what you do.  Congratulations, you’re on their radar!

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