If you’ve been on Twitter for any length of time, you’re probably familiar with the use of hashtags. ‘Hashtagging’ on Twitter is the practice of putting a hashtag symbol (#) in front of any word or phrase you want to turn into a keyword. You don’t put a space in-between the hashtag and the word(s). This is what hashtagged keywords look like: #career #careeradvice. Once a word has been hashtagged, it’s, in effect, hyperlinked to all other instances of the hashtag. Anyone who clicks on a hashtag brings up all search results for that keyword.
Hashtags basically make keywords more searchable on Twitter. When people use Twitter’s search field to look for certain keywords on the social media site, they’ll often search for the hashtagged version of the word, as it throws up more search results. By hashtagging a keyword in your tweet, you stand more of a chance of your tweet being found by people searching the keyword. Therefore hashtags are a great way of targeting particular types of Twitter account and getting them to notice you.
Anything can be hashtagged and hashtags can be used for anything, including your career. Job seekers, career changers, or anyone looking for career advice, guidance or mentorship, regularly use hashtags that reflect their circumstances and their needs. By doing this they attract potential employers, career coaches, professional networks, mentors and many other types of Twitter user potentially of value to them.
The hashtags in our list below are all pretty much self-explanatory, which is why they’re so effective. By including them in your tweet, you’re making it very clear what your career focus currently is—both to your existing followers and to anyone searching that particular hashtag.
As well as tweeting these hashtags, it’s worth searching them as well. Click on the hashtag to see who else is using it and why. This is particularly advised for hashtags such as #hiring and #recruiting, as employers and recruiters regularly use these keywords to reach out to people who they’d indeed be interested in hiring or recruiting.
Here are our top 10 career hashtags you might want to experiment with, depending on where your focus lies. Although they may not be the most used or most searched keywords at any one time, they are known as ‘classic’ career keywords due to their unambiguity and universal appeal.
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