Twitter - A Recruiting Tool??

Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows the user to post 140-character tweets (Twitter updates) and display 160-character bios (User profile) in his/her Twitter account. Although the tweets are restricted to 140 characters, the viral effect of Twitter helps the users to convey the messages to hundreds and thousands of Twitter followers in no time.

Twitter has quickly reached millions of users and it has grown tremendously over the past couple of years. It has grown at a staggering rate of 1382% as of February 2009 (YOY) and is competing with the leading social networking giants like Facebook and MySpace.

Twitter is gaining more popularity and its user base is rapidly increasing on a daily basis. A lot of Twitter-based tools, widgets, and services are now available. Twitter is being used in information gathering, networking, businesses, advertising, corporate branding, recruiting and in a lot of other areas as well.

The recruiting and staffing industry has realized the potential of Twitter and using it as a recruiting tool. Recruiters and employers have started to post job openings in Twitter. Also, the recruiters are using Twitter to identify active as well as passive candidates.

For example, to search for profiles of "Sales Manger" in twitter, here is a simple Google search script: bio * sales manager

You can also search twitter profiles in the below websites