Searching through social channels, paying more attention to your news feed than usual when you’re on the hunt for a career move - or even just a tide-you-by job ‘til a better opportunity arises - social media is the place to hang around. Not to say that it’s wise to waste your days trolling them, but they’re certainly not to be avoided.
After all, the more connections you have, the merrier.
That being said, it’s far, far, far too easy to spend too long just sifting through meaningless ramblings on all the social media sites, that you can’t help but wonder in the evening where the day got lost.
Time waits for nobody, so the best thing for us all to focus on is time management, in particular, when it’s in limited supply.
That’s what this little neat trick is. In saying trick, some of you may have already been using this, but likely not in the way you’re about to discover.
The hidden little gem that Twitter’s been hiding all this time
Now, you’re going to need a few things to really turn things up a notch...
- A list of words that could be remotely related to the job or career you’re after.
- A list of your local areas that you’d be prepared to travel to take on a new position.
- The last obvious one is – access to the internet.
How to put Twitter search into overdrive
For those already clued up on Google Advanced search and putting that to work for you along with their nifty email alerts, chances are, like many others, you never thought social media sites could go advanced.
Twitter can – and does it very well.
This link here - https://twitter.com/search-advanced
With it, you can do all sorts of fanciful stuff, probably too many to list. It’s all going to be in how you go about using it.
Start with a good solid list of words related to your career.
The job titles, the positions, the career opportunities, brand names or reputable companies around your area that tend to be noisier than the smaller companies. That’s a sign they’re going places and may need some help along the way.
Put together a list of all those words. Depending how long you’ve been searching for vacancies on job boards for, you might already have quite the list of potential job titles.
If you get stuck, head to google and start playing around with some search tricks the brainy engineers have coded into the search engine.
Did you know you can stop Canadian results showing up? Got to admit, that’s annoying.
Inurl:uk – That’ll put a stop to it.
The colon rules in search. Start using it because you’ll likely find your searches will go a lot faster which is great for time management.
Another one you’ll want to use when you’re putting your list of potential job titles together is – related: don’t forget the colon. And for every irrelevant result you get back, add the word you don’t want to see into the search bar with a minus stuck in front of it and it won’t appear again.
That’ll only show you results related to a chef, but excluding baker.
If you’re really stuck or just want to be thorough (if it makes sense for what you’re after anyway) plug the title into thesaurus.com. Using Chef as an example, that site will fire back at you titles like:
- Culinary artist
- Sous chef
- Gourmet chef
Naturally, it’s not going to work for a mechanical engineer.
The first part of powering Twitter is getting your data together for the advanced search feature.
Mix some websites into your data gathering
When you’re creating your list, you’ll likely come across a few interesting websites related to what it is you do. Take a note of these, even if it’s further afield than you’re prepared to travel, because it’s still a networking opportunity.
The Crucial Keyword List for Twitter
The list that really matters is the list of words recruiters tweet to scout for talent, the most obvious choice being recruitment.
Others to include are:
- Start date
- Looking for
And remember Twitter is a social media website and not a search engine so when it makes sense – search the plural and the singular.
#job and #jobs
And you can search without the hashtags too so that you get results when someone’s only mentioned the word in their tweet and not only when it’s been tagged into the conversation.
There are going to be some phrases like “looking for” that you may feel will yield crazy results, which might happen, but Twitter (for the most part) consists of a professional crowd, albeit a bit whacky at the weekends.
If there’s a chance a company would mention a word or phrase, jot it down in a core word list. All the terms can be put into the Twitter advanced search with a comma separating them. Although, depending how long your list is, you may want to run short lists often instead of bulk.
The ones that are used more often than others search for those in all the variations; as a word, as part of a phrase that’d be tweeted, and as the hashtags.
On the subject of hashtags:
If for whatever reason you’re stuck at finding potential tags related to the type of job, or just keywords to search for, use www.hashtagify.me. Plug a word into the search field, hit enter and it’ll fire back related hashtags others have used - and a score to let you know the most popular word that’s being used.
Where will you travel?
Every area you can think of, jot those down too because that’s going to narrow down your results, and there will be a lot if you don’t restrict your searches to where you can realistically travel too.
High interest accounts
Those ones you expect to be in the know like local recruitment agents, your local paper, and even the local gossip. Track those accounts.
When you piece together the above, the “near this place” feature, mentions of any word on your list, or just the hashtags, or a combination, you’ll soon be good at sniffing out where the jobs really are.
Especially if you play it smart and set your browser to load https://twitter.com/search-advanced as the first tab to open when you load your browser. If you’re using Chrome, just open settings, click or tap the radio button to “Open a specific page or set of pages” and add the www.twitter.com/search-advanced address in there.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how more efficient your job searching will become when you’ve more free time on your hands, after being more productive.