How to Find a Medical Job on Twitter

Twitter Tips for Medical Professionals

Screenshot of a Hospital Twitter Account
Cleveland Clinic's Twitter Account. Health Careers

Can you find a medical job on Twitter? Twitter can be a valuable tool in your job search as a medical professional if you know how to use it and what to do. Twitter is also an excellent resource for professional networking within the healthcare industry. Knowing which accounts to follow, and what types of things to post can help give your job search a boost.

What is Twitter? Twitter is a micro-blogging and social media website.

It is referred to as "micro-blogging" because all of your messages and posts (called "tweets," these are similar to status updates on Facebook) are limited to only 140 characters, including spaces. Twitter is even more powerful when used in conjunction with other networking and social media sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn.

Why Use Twitter as a Medical Professional? How Twitter Can Help Your Career:

  • Professional Networking: make valuable connections within the healthcare industry.
  • Find a Medical Job: Find job posts and employer information from a variety of healthcare organizations. Many medical job sites, medical recruiting firms, and recruiters post jobs and search for candidates on Twitter.
  • Gather and Share Medical Industry Information: With the wealth of medical professionals and healthcare experts on Twitter, you can follow the ones who apply to your area of medicine and receive regular updates and breaking news.

    Connect with Medical Professionals, Employers, and Recruiters on Twitter:

    After you have created your Twitter account, which only takes about five minutes or less, you are now ready to begin connecting with medical professionals. The great thing about Twitter, in comparison to other networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, is that, in most cases, your connections do not have to approve you to follow them, unless the account is set to "private".

    The people and accounts you follow may or may not choose not to follow your updates in return, but most professionals will eventually return the favor and follow you back. Even if they don't return the follow, you can reply to them, tweet to them, and try to engage that person in conversation (more on that later).

    Medical & Healthcare Accounts to Follow on Twitter:

    Below is a list of a few accounts to begin following, as well as links to lists of medical professionals and institutions on Twitter you may want to follow as well.

    • Andrea Santiago - This account tweets articles from this site, and other job search advice and medical industry news.
    • Six Figure Nurse - This account shares information about advanced practice nurse careers. as well as job openings and tips for nurses to earn more. A must-follow for nurses!
    • We Nurses - Although it's based in the UK, this account shares a lot of great information for nurses in any location.
    • JobHunt.org - This account offers a wealth of career advice and a list of medical employers to follow on Twitter.

    Medical & Healthcare News Sites to Follow on Twitter:

    There are many healthcare news sites on Twitter, but here are a few to get you started:

    Following news outlets can help you remain informed on employment trends and employer news in the medical field.

    Tips for Finding Accounts to Follow:

    • Job Boards: Most online job sites also have a corresponding Twitter account that shares all new job postings as well as job search tips or news specific to your medical profession.
    • Hospitals and Healthcare Employers: Most hospitals and health facilities, as well as medical companies have a presence on Twitter now. By following potential employers on Twitter, you can learn about the culture of the organization, their brand and message, and job openings too. 
    • Medical Recruiters and Recruiting Firms: Many recruiters are on Twitter, and they may also tweet about job openings, employment trends, and job search tips. Follow the accounts of recruiters in your specific profession or healthcare sector to stay current on pertinent issues for job seekers and potential employees such as yourself.

    A Few More Quick Tips for Job Searching on Twitter:

    • Maintain professionalism: If you are using your Twitter account for professional networking, and for job search, tweet with caution! Avoid tweeting offensive, highly controversial, or politically charged material, or any erroneous or misleading information which could be a turn-off to potential contacts. As with any other business communication or initial correspondence, don't give the recipient any reason to rule you out of consideration.

      If you want to tweet on a personal level, you may want to create multiple Twitter accounts - one for professional purposes, and one for more personal use.

    • Provide Value: You don't have to create or "tweet" all original material. If you see an interesting article about medicine or healthcare, pass it on. This shows others that you are always learning about your industry and that you are willing to take the time to pass on the knowledge. Passing along interesting or valuable information also helps others, which will make them want to help you in return.
    • Engage, and Reply with Other Accounts of Interest: When you see an interesting tweet, especially from someone with whom you'd like to network, comment on their tweet, add to it, or pass it along. (This is called "Re-tweeting" which you may see as "RT" preceding some tweets.) As long as you attribute it to the original source or tweeter, re-tweeting is a considered to be a favorable gesture and is generally appreciated. Replying and re-tweeting others can also help you get the attention of a contact who is not following your updates. They may then decide to follow you if they haven't already.

      If there is a question or comment you'd like to make privately, you can send it as a direct message to the intended recipient (go to their profile and click on "message (account name)" to direct message someone. However, you are unable to Direct Message (DM) someone who is not following your updates.

    • If you are not comfortable or not interested in posting or sharing information on Twitter, it still helps to join Twitter to follow others to remain updated on important information. You can use Twitter to aggregate all of the information that is most applicable to your profession, whether you are a nurse, a doctor, technician or therapist, Twitter can help you gain access to influential people in your field, and important industry information!

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