Hiring managers are beginning to veer away from conventional methods of advertising job vacancies, and they are, instead, turning to social media to locate qualified candidates. Their weapon of choice? A little thing known as a hashtag. See how hashtags are a candidate’s best friend when it comes to finding a job in today’s digital age.
(Photo Credit: Petit_louis/Flickr)
This probably isn’t the first time that you’ve heard of conducting a job search on social media, and you’re probably a bit reluctant to give it a shot, too; because, really, how can a site like Twitter actually help you find your dream job? Surprisingly, it happens more often than not, and here is the success story of one social-savvy professional who got hired through Instagram, of all places.
A great way to find relevant hashtags is to use Hashtagify.me, a free online service that allows users to search hashtags and verify their popularity on Twitter. This tool is useful for job seekers to see which hashtags are most effective to their job search efforts, and which aren’t. Simply type a hashtag into the search box and Hasttagify.me will generate a spiffy interactive diagram that also displays other hashtags that are closely related to the one you originally searched. Here is a list of 10 popular hashtags that job seekers are encouraged to follow during their job hunt:
10. Industry specific hashtags: For example, if you’re looking for an IT job, then try your luck with “#ITjobs” or “#techjobs” so that your search is more industry-specific.
For more Twitter hashtags to follow, check out US News’s recommended list, here.
Remember, don’t be afraid to get creative with your hashtag searches, because that’s how you’re going to find those hidden gems-of-a-job during your online hunt. Happy job searching, candidates!
Tell Us What You Think
What other hashtags have you found effective during your job search? Share your findings with our community on Twitter or in the comments section below.