Talent Acquisition

How to Use Twitter to Source Candidates by Location

Perhaps you are a business developer… or simply a networker… Do you use Twitter to find stuff or do you just bleet??  Do you want to be able to find people to do business with or research what your competitors are up to? Here’s one tip for you to help with this.

Find prospects on Twitter

You can search Twitter to find Tweets sent to specific people – you can find leads, candidates, contacts… you can even find tweets sent within a certain radius, for example:

  • Tweets with “Java developer” sent within 25 miles of Manchester
  • Tweets with “recruiting” sent by someone within 75 miles of York
  • etc…

Looking for tweets like this could really help you:

  • develop more leads
  • find out who your competition is and what they are tweeting about
  • develop new contacts in your sector
  • find candidates

How do you do this?

Go into Twitter and find your Advanced Search wheel (or just go to:!/search-advanced).  Add your usual search criteria and then add a location to Near this place – and add a radius – eg. 15 miles.

This will hunt for tweets sent within a radius, of say Leeds. This will help more than simply searching for “Sales Manager” AND Leeds as the result of this type of search will only find tweets where the word Leeds is mentioned, as opposed to near to Leeds.

Happy hunting!

Related: Top 5 Twitter Apps for Recruitment.

By Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones is a Director at Barclay Jones, a Consultancy working with recruiters advising them on the most effective use of technology, web and social media to improve their business processes, recruitment and bottom line. Follow Lisa on Twitter @LisaMariJones.