We hear from time to time that recruiters are looking all over for good candidates. With budgets still being lean, the cheaper the source, the better. Gail reinforces that message. Sure, LinkedIn is being used. As we saw in my last post, Facebook is now being used. Gail also affirms what Dirk Spencer says about Amazon.com book reviews being a place to find good candidates.
So, one might suppose that Twitter is also a source. One would be correct.
If you are tweeting all day about the ginormous hamburger you just ate or where you are having coffee, you are succeeding in proving that you have figured out how to tweet from your cell phone. That is worth something, but you are missing a real opportunity to attract a broader audience of recruiters.
Talk about things in your industry. This will build more followers from the professional ranks in your industry and not just the people who are interested in your personal life (if anyone is interested in your personal life). Use tag words in your tweets to make you standout. If you are a .NET developer, then tweet about .NET stuff.
OK, maybe .NET is not the best example…since there are a lot of URLs on Twitter which end with “.net” and using a hashtag gets you nowhere, since no one seems to use “#.NET” on Twitter. But if you are a Java programmer, you are good. “Java” and “#java” gets you to people talking about the software platform and not much about the Indonesian island.
Besides, if you are a .NET developer, you are probably not looking around for work. Just post a resume on Dice and sit back and relax.
Global Business Development and Social Media Marketing