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.
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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