Social media sites are now becoming an increasingly important job hunting tool. Having an appropriate Facebook and a professional, well written LinkedIn profile will protect you by portraying you as someone a recruiter might want to employ. According to the Huffington Post, 80% of employers google candidates. That said, I think Twitter is massively under used by students and graduates. Check out these useful tips by Forbes on how you can harness Twitter to support your job hunting efforts. First and foremost, make sure you are following the Bath Careers Service @careersatbath; we tweet latest events, vacancies and useful labour market snippets.
I have also compiled a list of useful accounts to follow (not comprehensive list but a useful starting point).
General vacancy accounts
- @GJ_graduate: a useful feed of the latest graduate jobs posted on the guardian.
- @Targetjobs_jobs: Highlights jobs and work experience opportunities on their site as well as giving useful deadline reminders.
- @JobOnline: feeds graduate jobs in a wide range of different sectors.
There are also a number of useful industry specific accounts that not only list relevant vacancies but provide information and advice.
- @ukcsjobs: Listings of UK Civil Service vacancies.
- @faststreamuk: Information on the Civil Service Fast stream. Including opportunities, key dates events and tips.
- @jobsgopublic: Vacancy alerts from leading public sector recruitment agency.
- @NHS_Jobs: Not just a site for doctors and nurses! A range of administrative and healthcare roles area advertised.
- @TjobsLaw: News on vacation schemers, training contracts and pupillage.
- @LawCareersNetUK: Find a training contract or pupillage and access advice on entering the legal profession.
Finance & Management
- @efc_global: Latest graduate jobs and careers advice for the finance, banking and investments sector.
- @ftfinancenews: fastest ways to keep up to date with the financial sector and boost your commercial awareness.
- @gradcracker: Engineering related vacancies and advice.
- @TjobsEng_Tech: Provides the latest graduate jobs, internships and careers advice for the engineering field.
- @gradcracker Technology related advice ad vacancies.
- @InsideCareers: Graduate vacancies internships and careers advice for the IT industry.
- @EnvironmentJobs: Latest vacancies for environmental engineers, managers and environmental science professionals.
- @GreenJobsGlobal: Vacancies in the conservation, environmental, sustainability and renewable energy sectors.
- @ChemWorldJobs: Official jobs board for the Royal Society of Chemistry.
- @Stepplacements: Paid placement opportunities for students and graduates with a focus on science and technology opportunities.
As with all Social Media tools, it may be worth keeping your personal Twitter account separate from your professional / job hunting account. Think about how you will manage your online personal brand. For example, If you find an interesting article in the field or sector that interests you, tweet it to your followers. This small gesture will demonstrate you are immersed in your field. Finally, if you are interested in working for a particular employer find them and follow them on Twitter as it is likely that they will give you advanced notice opening dates for opportunities.
Finally check out Follow Friday (or #FF) – every Friday people tweet their recommendations about who to follow. You'll be surprised by who you might end up following and crucially the useful labour market snippets you'll pick up!