Use Twitter to Get That Healthcare Job Interview
If you’re looking for a job in healthcare, becoming an active Twitter user can give you an edge. You can hear about new job openings before word reaches other candidates, and you can use this popular social media platform to boost your personal profile and build your network. Here are four great strategies:
1. Follow your target organizations and agencies. After you identify the best sources for potential jobs, follow their postings. You may be able to find out about new service lines, recent executive hires, community programs and other information you can use in your job hunt.
2. Boost your own profile. If you’ve recently earned a degree or certification, written a paper or gotten involved in a community organization, use Twitter to let others know about your accomplishments. Include a link to the website or your LinkedIn profile as well. This will increase your online visibility and make it easy for a recruiter to check out your credentials.
3. Connect with other professionals. If you see an interesting post from a person or organization you follow, respond right away. You can also retweet and sent it out to your circle of friends and acquaintances, strengthening your online relationships with other professionals.
4. Polish your “sales speech.” One of the biggest challenges for many candidates is explaining why they should be considered for the next opening. Since Twitter limits your messages to 140 characters, you have to really distill your “sales speech.” So start working on your message now, so it’s ready to send when you hear of the next opening. Some examples: “New grad with research skills” (for a laboratory technology job); “Pediatric nurse with 10+ years of experience (for a hospital position); or “Skilled PA with great IT skills” (for a growing medical practice).
Once you become active on Twitter, you’ll find other ways to put this social media tool to work during your job hunt as you take the next step in your career.