If you are a novice Twitter user and have been wondering what the # symbol means, this post is for you. #Hashtags are simply text or key words and can be placed in the beginning, middle or end of a tweet and are integral to the Twitosphere*, helping users categorize trending topics. For example, using #ff or #followfriday** is a #hashtag. Just decide on the keyword you are targeting, place a pound sign in front of it, and you’ve created your first #hashtag.
Clicking on a #hashtag in a tweet shows you all the aggregated tweets on a topic from the Twitosphere. This is a great way to search for people with common interests or in a job search. You can also use a third-party monitoring tool such as HootSuite to search for #hashtags. Just decide on the keyword you are targeting, place a pound sign in front of it, and you are all set!
#Hashtags are created organically by Twitter users; some are used regularly and others come and go—like one created for a specific event.
*On Friday’s, using #followfriday or #ff in a tweet along with 1 or more @names means you recommend those people as worth following.
**Twitosphere means Twitter users from all over the world.
Cheat Sheet of #Hashtags.
To Find an Employer
These are the tags to plug into Twitter’s search engine to connect you with companies with openings.
- #hiring: Here it is, your No. 1 word to find a hiring company is … hiring.
- #tweetmyjobs: It’s a pretty clunky phrase, but #tweetmyjobs has been tagged nearly a million times, so include it in your search.
- #HR: The folks handling the headhunting for the company will be from human resources, so go straight to the source.
- #jobopening: Now we’re talking. This tag is almost exclusively used by people offering people work. Easy.
- #jobposting: “Jobposting” is another efficient tag to search, only it’s used a bit less than #jobopening.
- #employment: Often listed along with #jobs at the end of a tweet, #employment is a major keyword used by businesses in the market for talent.
- #opportunity: There will be some quotes and other tweets that don’t help you, but there will be plenty of hookups toemploymentopportunities.
- #recruiting: Search this hashtag to find not only employers that are hiring, but inside info on the recruiting techniques they’ll be using.
- #rtjobs: Many Twitter users are there helping you out by retweeting job openings they come across.
- #jobangels: The JobAngels are a volunteer group working to help unemployed people find jobs, and they have a strong presence on Twitter.
- #jobsearch: Sometimes this will be the only hashtag a hiring company will use, so be sure to make it one of your search terms.
- #joblisting: Attention! I’m a hiring employer and this is my way of telling you that I’ve got a job right here just waiting to be filled.
To Attract an Employer
Strut your stuff and get yourself out there with these hashtags to help employers find you.
- #hireme: Don’t beat around the bush. #Hireme is short, sweet, and to the point.
- #MBA: Have an MBA? Shout it out in a hashtag to direct employers to your top-shelf business acumen.
- #linkedin: If you’re unemployed, you’re no doubt already networking away on LinkedIn, so let them know you have a viewable profile.
- #profile: While you’re at it, go ahead and tag “profile” too, and couple it with #facebook, #linkedin, #monster, or any other place your details are posted on the internet.
- #unemployed: It’s what you are, so own it and let employers know you are totally available for engagement.
- #resume: If you’re tweeting about your resume posted online, be sure to hashtag it.
- #CV:Curriculum vitaeis basically a more fleshed-out résumé, but#resumeis nearly twice as popular. Use both to be safe.
- #needajob: Thousands of the unemployed have tacked this phrase onto the end of their tweets in the hopes an employer will stumble across it in a search.
To Find a Certain Type of Job
If you don’t want just any old job, try searching these hashtags for that special placement you have in mind.
- #freelance: This is a hugely popular tag used by job hunters who want to leave the option of part-time, freelance work open.
- #homebusiness: If you’re eyeing a job being self-employed, try searching this term for entrepreneurship ideas and tips.
- #greenjobs: Here’s one for the truly unselfish people who put the environment before employment.
- #dreamjob: If you aren’t sure what you want to do with your life, search this tag and get some ideas of what other people would do if they had their druthers.
- #hotjobs: Hot jobs call for a hot hashtag.
- #consulting: Another in the potentially temporary job category, #consulting is a nice tag to widen your net and earn some income.
- #consultant: It might seem silly to use two tags that say virtually the same thing, but those three letters might make the difference in connecting you with your new employer.
Environment, Social Justice and Human Rights.
- #humanrights: Use to discuss human rights or oppressive actions taken against individuals.
- #poverty: Use this to start or join a discussion about poverty.
- #hunger: Discuss subjects related to hunger.
- #aid: Discuss financial or humanitarian aid.
- #sustainability: Discuss topics related to sustainability.
- #health or #healthcare: For use with tweets related to health.
- #green: This popular hashtag relates to the green movement and, more broadly, environmentalism.
- #eco: This hashtag is focused on improving the environment
On a Lighter Note, Funny Hashtags.
- #MomQuotes: This hashtag was created by Jimmy Fallon for his “Late Night Hashtag” @LateNightJimmy bit on his show. Everything a typical mom would say categorized into one great hashtag.
- #GenericTweet: Simply pokes fun at those who tweet about nothing special (we’ve all done a boring generic tweet without realizing it.)
- #LessAmbitiousMovies: Think of a movie- then change its title to something less ambitious. It’s a fun little game to play with a group of friends as well.
- #TwoThingsThatDontMix: It’s simple- what two things just don’t work well together?
- #SoEmbarrassing: People sharing their embarrassing stories in less then 140 characters are always fun.
- #FailedChildrensBookTitles: Here is your chance to recast your favorite book in the worst possible way.