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Hashtags Job Hunters Need To Know

15 Great Twitter Hashtags to Secure Your Dream Job

by Kate Jones | Aug 17, 2017 | Social Media Job Seeking |Career Enlightenment

Hashtags to find an employer:

  1. #hiring: Unsurprisingly, the number one hashtag hiring managers use.
  2. #joblisting: This one is pretty much guaranteed to take you straight to a role specification.
  3. #tweetmyjobs: This has been tagged nearly a million times so it’s worth including in your search.
  4. #ukjobs: If you’re looking for something UK based this will take you straight to the goods. You can also change it up with #*yourcity*jobs to get super specific.
  5. #graduate: If you’re fresh out of university, use this hashtag to find graduate positions.

Hashtags to let employers know you’re looking:

  1. #hireme: Get straight to the point – you’re on the lookout!
  2. #resume: Twice as popular as #CV, this is the one to use if you’re sharing your resume online.
  3. #MBA: If you have an MBA, let potential employers know about your impressive educational background.
  4. #HR: This hashtag makes your post visible to anyone searching in the HR thread.
  5. #careerchange: Great if you’re looking to take your career in a new direction.

Industry specific hashtags:

  1. #salesjobs: This popular hashtag will take you straight to sales jobs listings.
  2. #accounting: If you’re an accountant you’re in luck – listings in this field come up regularly on Twitter.
  3. #SEO: A popular area for recruitment, this one has been tagged more than a million times by job seekers.
  4. #journojobs: For budding journalists, look no further than this hashtag to find your dream position.
  5. #industry: Use this with another tag like #tech or #marketing and you’ll find listings matched to your area of expertise.

If you have a crystal-clear idea of what you’re after, hashtag the specific job you are looking for. This is perfect for those of us in specialist industries such as web development, HR or professional services.

Another option if you’re looking for something a little more niche is this clever tool from Hashtagify which allows you to search for popular hashtags.

Finally, a great way to grab the attention of a potential employer is by using a picture with your tweet – Twitter posts with images receive 150% more engagement.

Conventional methods for finding a job are slowly fading into the background, and the hashtag is now your best friend for securing the position of your dreams. Twitter should be right up there at the top of your list of ways to find your next role.


5 Tips For Keeping Your References Fresh

Job candidates no longer mention references on their resumes but still need to have a list of people for potential employers to call.  Before setting up an interview, employers frequently search for you online and may contact your boss or co-workers even before you meet face to face.  Here are some things you can do to be prepared.

  1. Ask before listing someone as a reference.  Don’t assume that everyone has a good story to tell and is willing to tell it.  Don’t blindside your references by not asking if they are willing to recommend you.
  2. Build a solid list of references.  You may want to use different people for different circumstances.  Consider supervisors from other departments where you have trained or worked on projects.  Do you have a good relationship with your supervisor’s boss? Have your co-workers been promoted to supervisory positions?  Do people from previous employment know you better than your current colleagues?
  3. Stay up to date with your references.  Let them know that you are searching and with their permission would like to use them as a reference.  Stay in touch with their careers, promotions and interests.  Keep the info-loop open!
  4. Do your best to stay on good terms with everyone.  You can’t be sure who your potential employer knows.  Network and help others.
  5. Cultivate your on-line presence and brand.  Participate in groups on LinkedIn, comment in chats and group postings.  Follow companies that may have job openings.  Be sure you  are able to be found by potential employers on social media.  Make sure that what is found is consistent and illustrates what you want searchers to know about you.

In today’s world, openings are frequently filled through a network without ever being posted.  When a grant writer is needed a search may be made on line or colleagues may be asked to recommend someone.  It is important to be ready to present a resume and references on short notice.

Lets talk about how to identify a good reference and how to be one!  Email stephanie@astephanie@accessguidance.com or call 610-212-6679.

Is Your Social Media Presence College Ready?

This won’t be there first time this blog has covered social media accounts.  It goes without saying that you need to keep your presence acceptable to college admissions officers and potential employers who increasingly investigate candidates through their social media accounts.

Social media can help you achieve admission or a job if you use your social network wisely.    Here are 5 ways you can do that.

  1. Post appropriate material for the platform.  What looks great on Snapchat may not a good fit for Instagram.  Consider your audience and post accordingly.
  2. Use your profile to reveal information.  Write about what you hope to study and why it interests you.  Add accomplishments.  Mention steps you are taking to reach goals.
  3. Place posts strategically rather than repeating the same material across the board.
  4. Google yourself occasionally.  Remove old material that doesn’t fit the image of who you are now.
  5. College admission and job acquisition require self marketing.  Think of social media as part of your marketing campaign.

Keep your social media presence real.  Don’t over edit, do let your personality shine.

I can help you develop social media as a tool.  Lets talk! stephanie@accessguidance.com or 510-212-6679.

More on social media: https://accessguidanceblog.com/2014/10/your-social-medi…ollege-admission/



How to Be Noticed By Hiring Managers and Recruiters

To get hired you need to a blip on the radar of the person responsible for filling the marketing-or-negotiating-942991_640position.  If she or he doesn’t know about you, you haven’t a chance to sell yourself.

Raise your visibility.

You can do this on line through social media. Having a LinkedIn profile that you regularly update gives professionals a way to see who you are.  Add training and skills as you acquire them including current projects.  Facebook, if done in a professional manner, could be another plus.

Quote, tweet or re-tweet articles or comments by others in the industry.  Use keywords where relevant.

Show your proficiency

Answer questions on question boards like Quora.  Post on blogs related to your specialization or create your own on a topic of interest in your industry of profession.

Tweet links to anything you’ve published or highlights of your project findings. If you are in college you can quote your research or papers.


finger-on-net1648573_640Join professional organizations. Submit papers to journals. Attend conferences where  you can meet significant individuals and recruiters.

Join Meet-Ups or networking groups.  Local organizations don’t need to be industry specific.

College job fairs can lead to connections with human resources people.  Stay in touch with them to remain top-of-mind.

Develop your brand

Your brand is the tag line that identifies the problem you solve.  For instance, a personal organizer might be a Closet Magician.  Create an elevator pitch and business cards that showcase your brand.

Be ready to answer when someone asks what you do: “I’m a closet magician who makes the clutter disappear and your favorite outfits come to life.”

It is reported that 85% of recruiters find their new hires on social media and through connections.  Make sure you’re present and hire-able in the places where hiring managers are looking.

Need help raising your visibility to hiring managers?  I can help you hone your personal marketing approach.  Stepahnie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.


How to Start Your Career Above the Mailroom

There is plenty of evidence that internships are door openers to jobs. The following article by Edward S. Brown offers other ways to get your accomplishments in front of those who are hiring..

How College Graduates Can Enter Their Professions on Top
Edward S. Brown, M.S. 6/27/16 Linkedin

The best way graduates can show prospective employers that they have the necessary skills to succeed is by building their own body of work.

First, determine the pain points that currently exist within a given profession. Every forbes-924140_640profession and industry has some problems that need to be solved. By reading periodicals and leading industry magazines, students can become aware of the challenges within a profession and begin documenting possible solutions. This serves as a conduit for establishing intellectual property that creates an advantage against competition for limited internship opportunities, as well as scarce job openings.

Second, use different formats to document solutions. Articles, books, podcasts, and videos are excellent ways of establishing a track record. In fact, what better way to connect with decision-makers than to interview them for independent research and forward the findings to them for consideration? By acting like leaders within an industry independently, students are demonstrating that they are “movers and shakers” who don’t wait around for opportunities, they actually create them.

tablet-1758352_640Finally, use social media platforms to publish works, particularly in industry-related LinkedIn groups. Social media allows students to broadcast industry solutions directly to the individuals most affected. The beauty of social media is that students only need one influencer to recognize the value of their offerings to gain traction.
In a changing world, students can lament about how their future isn’t as bright as past generations, or they can make their future brighter by creating their own sunlight.

Identifying pain points and speaking to them are a challenge.  Lets work together to find the stepping stones in your career path.  stephanie@accessguidance.com or 610-212-6679.

Using Social Media To Your Advantage

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Did you know that your social media accounts like Facebook can help you reach goals?  By curating the information and photos you post you can help or hinder your acquisition of a job or scholarship.



Listen to the podcast to learn more.

Profile management is a critical endeavor for anyone who is a student, who works or eventually wants to be employed.  Use social media as a marketing tool to stay top-of-mind, highlight accomplishments and new skills.

Access College and Career consultants will help you make the most of your online presence as one of our services to clients who are ready to move up or move on.  Call or text 610-212-6679 to see how we can help you.





It’s Not Just What You Know But Who You Know

In the age of 24/7 availability and connectivity, it’s no surprise that hiring is accomplished through connections.  Not only first degree connections-people who are known to you-but  “six degrees of separation” could be close enough for an invitation for a job interview.

Tricia ran into her business acquaintance, Darrel, getting coffee at Starbucks on Tuesday morning and mentioned that her office was swamped and looking to hire another animation specialist.  Did he know anyone?  

Darrel emailed Tricia a couple of names, Sanford who was looking to change jobs and Rachel who had a good position but might be interested.

By noon Tricia had contacted each of the  potential hires and set up meetings with both  plus one  more candidate Tricia found on Linked-In who was a connection to a production assistant on Tricia’s network.

The job was filled by Friday without ever being posted.  Interviews were set up with individuals who were actively looking to move and those who were right for the position but not currently in the job market.

The moral of this story is that to advance your career you need to build your network.  Make friends within your company and industry.  Create bridges to people and businesses that need a person with your expertise.

If you have an interest that isn’t yet a proficiency, contact others who can help you develop in this area.  Look for a mentor, teacher and future user of your untapped ability.  A good place to start is in the networks of your Linked-In contacts.  Post your interest and blog about it so that your new accomplishment will be apparent to all seekers.

Everyone you connect with knows lots of other people; each one may be the person who opens a door to the next stage of your career.



Your Social Media Presence Can Sink College Admission

As students visit colleges they are apt to tweet their reaction to a campus or post information about it.

Do you know that some colleges track applicants’ online material? Admissions officers who “friend” applicants can see comments not intended for their eyes.

True stories: applicant denied admission because of derogatory comments about high school teachers and classmates on Facebook. Applicant denied because of tweeted disparaging comments about other students on her college tour.

Best advice? Nothing is private. Don’t make the comments in the first place so you don’t have to waste time trying to scrub your online presence in case the admissions office checks you out!