What’s the best thing you can get from a unavailable but talented candidates? Referrals for other talent people they know.
But let’s be honest, they don’t always come easily.
So picture this, what if every time you find a potential candidate on Twitter, you’d find an extra 5 or more? Sounds good right?
Well, this is such a deceptively simple technique, I feel like I need to write some meaningless stuff just to make the post longer.
Seriously, next time you identify a great candidate on Twitter, look right away for the ‘Similar to @username‘ section in the right column of their Twitter profile page. Click the ‘View all’ link and start digging. I bet you’ll find 4 or 5 persons with similar occupation living in the same city.
Twitter is using the gigantic amount of data they have to find similarity between people, most probably based on the links they shared, the people they know and who they interact with.
Needless to say that it works better for people that have at least 150 followers/following and tweet at least partially about subjects related to their professional occupation (but it works pretty well for Justin Bieber too!).
That’s how I help a contact with an intro to an awesome web designer I hadn’t met yet and how I found our new part-time web designer.
Let me know if that helps you out and good luck!PS: To reach qualified and referred candidates on LinkedIn, take a minute to try matchFWD referral tool.