Get early notices of job openings on Twitter
Think about the firms that offer the positions you're aiming for and "follow" those companies on Twitter.com, says Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite Inc., a recruiting software provider in Burlingame, Calif.
Curtis Midkiff, director of social engagement for the Society for Human Resource Management in Alexandria, Va., says some companies have separate Twitter accounts dedicated to broadcasting new job openings.
In fact, Gail Tolstoi-Miller, CEO of staffing firm Consultnetworx in Livingston, N.J., says it's very likely that first word about an opening will be through Twitter or LinkedIn, "especially if they want to save money (on placing postings) on job boards," she says.
When a company doesn't have a separate Twitter account for openings, following a firm often gives you information about hiring plans. For instance, a company CEO might tweet that he intends to grow a certain area of the business.
"You can put two and two together that they'll need people in that area," Finnigan says.