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Will You Find Your Next Post by Hashtag?

Want to get ahead in the job hunt­ing game? Have you con­sid­ered using Twitjob­search?

Most tech-savvy job­seek­ers and those in media jobs will already be scour­ing social media for their next role, but for those who pre­fer more tra­di­tion­al means, can Twit­ter deliv­er the goods when it comes to the all-impor­tant job hunt?

It seems like a no-brain­er to use LinkedIn to seek out an excit­ing new posi­tion, after all busi­ness is what it’s there for. Yes, you have to know how to make con­nec­tions, join groups, par­tic­i­pate and ulti­mate­ly, get refer­rals, but the whole plat­form is geared up to fur­ther the busi­ness objec­tives of com­pa­nies and indi­vid­u­als.

On Face­book you sim­ply have to ‘like’ the pages of com­pa­nies you feel might suit you and their lat­est news – includ­ing, hope­ful­ly, vacan­cies – will appear in your feed as if by mag­ic.

On Twit­ter how­ev­er, the whole process becomes a lit­tle bit more con­vo­lut­ed. Hash­tags are the obvi­ous place to start as the tech­nol­o­gy pre­sup­pos­es that you are fol­low­ing rel­e­vant com­pa­nies and peo­ple already. How­ev­er this is fraught with dan­ger – par­tic­u­lar­ly as job titles can be so inter­change­able. One person’s Sales and Mar­ket­ing Man­ag­er is another’s Busi­ness Devel­op­ment Man­ag­er. It real­ly is enough to send any­one into a spin.

Enter Twitjob­search

With the pre­sup­po­si­tion men­tioned above, it’s a fair bet that many open­ings get lost in the Twit­ter­sphere, but thank­ful­ly Twitjob­search entered the fray to cut through the irrel­e­vant tweets and deliv­er the recruit­ment ads right to your desk­top. The ser­vice even has a neat tweet­deck-style desk­top app – the some­what imag­i­na­tive­ly titled job­deck — so you can keep an eye on the recruit­ment ads as they appear while you’re doing some­thing else.

The handy thing about Twitjob­search is that it employs an algo­rithm that exam­ines the con­text in which the job-relat­ed key­words appear with­in a tweet. Effec­tive­ly this means that it can weed out the tweets from those moan­ing about the job they hate, or sur­vey results on Gov­ern­ment job­less rates.

This con­tex­tu­al analy­sis should mean that search­ing for ‘Assis­tant to the Vice Pres­i­dent’ doesn’t become ‘Assis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent’. The tech knows that a Lifestyle Man­ag­er doesn’t need a busi­ness qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the same way that a den­tal tech­ni­cian has lit­tle to do with engi­neer­ing.

Is it easy to use?

The sim­ple answer is yes. The only thing users real­ly need to do is be as pre­cise as pos­si­ble with their search terms as there are lit­er­al­ly hun­dreds of jobs com­ing into the aggre­ga­tor at any giv­en moment.

Once the search has been entered, a list of rel­e­vant tweets will appear with a neat Google map and a menu down the right hand side that allows you to drill down into the list and sort by date post­ed, loca­tion, salary, job type etc etc.

To find out more a sim­ple click on the cho­sen post will take you through to a ‘more details’ style page from where you can tweet the recruiter direct or request they con­tact you via skype at a time that’s con­ve­nient. No more resumes, no more cov­er let­ters, no more won­der­ing if they’re going to make con­tact.

Work­ing in the media? You should be using Twitjob­search

For any­one work­ing tech­nol­o­gy, media or mobile jobs, Twit­ter is the place to be look­ing for a new role. Twitjob­search helps cut through the irrel­e­vant and unin­spir­ing to get straight to the infor­ma­tion they’re seek­ing, sav­ing them time and effort.

For those in more tra­di­tion­al indus­tries – man­u­fac­tur­ing for exam­ple – estab­lished search tools such as Mon­ster and Career­build will still have their place, but if you want to stand out from the pack, what bet­ter way to do than by apply­ing through Twit­ter?

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