Which online social network is the best when looking for a new job? If you had asked me 2 weeks ago I would have told you it was LinkedIn, but it turns out LinkedIn is a distant second.
I have always maintained a bit of separation in my social networks.
Facebook is for friends and family and a few people from the “work world” that I trust won’t hold my occasional political rant against me. I almost never post anything work related there.
LinkedIn is primarily just work-related folks. I post almost exclusively work related stuff here. Stuff I wouldn’t mind prospective employers seeing.
Twitter is where I let the two worlds meet. I follow a broad range of people and I tweet personal, political, humorous and work stuff.
My expectation has always been that if I needed to find a job, my LinkedIn network would be the most valuable. And when it recently became apparent that my current employer wasn’t going to work out long-term I posted the following on LinkedIn:
I also posted this similar message on Twitter:
Anyone in need of of a Senior/Lead C# Developer with a load of experience in both Azure and AWS? I'm primarily looking for remote. A retweet might get the right eyes on this.— Jeremy Hutchinson (@hutchcodes) December 7, 2017
The response from LinkedIn was OK, I guess. few people liked it, a few of my former coworkers suggested positions at their current companies, and a recruiter contacted me, but never responded after I said I was only willing to make the 2hr drive to the office a few times a month.
The response on Twitter was overwhelming. A few people liked it, a bunch of people re-tweeted it, and total strangers contacted me about open positions that allowed remote. Most of those positions were at the companies they worked, but a few people pointed me to positions at companies they didn’t work for but knew were hiring remote developers.
Twitter resulted in interviews with 3 companies that I’d be interested in working for.
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I’m just guessing here, but I think it comes down to two things:
- Twitter is more active. I check LinkedIn just about once a week. And I rarely if ever scroll through the feed there.
- Part of the Twitter experience is re-tweeting. Sharing posts is an option in LinkedIn, but it’s not used as often.
- Build your Twitter network as best as you can. I’ve put work into providing some good content over the years to get to the number of followers I have.
- Return the favor. When you see someone post that they are looking for work, retweet that. Same for companies looking to fill positions.
- Nurture the rest of your network too. Twitter was far more effective for me, but I did get some leads from LinkedIn, those came from people that aren’t active on Twitter as far as I know. Those positions weren’t interesting this time, but you never know what’s going to come up.