Well you can via Twitter! It's simples!
If you can get your head around Facebook, you can easily deal with Twitter.
First, you don't have to tweet yourself. You can just "follow" the people/organisations that interest you. Getting "followed" is an accolade & will please those that you choose to follow - most will keep a record of their statistics & view their Twitter account followers as potential customers. They will be able to see your Twitter account name & will probably thank you for following them. You don't have to reply.
The tweets of those you follow will be saved to your "Home" page, so you don't have to be watching it every minute. But they can build up, especially if you follow a lot of people/organisations. If you're looking for a job, I'd advise you to make some time every day to go through them.
Who should you follow? Well, if you hold professional qualifications you should definitely follow your professional body. They may have a different account that tweets vacancy information. There will be other organisations that will tweet vacancy information for particular groups, for example Prospects will tweet about information relevant to graduates, Careers Wales information for those in Wales.
If you are interested in vacancies in South Wales, and the South West around Bristol, you should follow ME: https://mobile.twitter.com/jayne_dragons. I tweet about careers information, interesting jobs, labour market information, links to relevant articles in the media, to inspire you to reach your goal.
If you click on the photo of the person or their twitter name, you will see whatever information they choose to share about themselves. Mine reads,
"Qualified Careers Guidance Practitioner & Coach: option choices; university courses; first job; career change. Accredited Morrisby Profile practitioner. South Wales, UK".
You don't have to put anything for your own account, if you choose not to. But if you're going to be using the account for job search, you could put something like, "Psychology Graduate, interested in graduate opportunities in Bristol/ working with people/ uk wide" or whatever...
You will also see 3 pieces of information on each account:
- The number of tweets that person/organisation has made,
- The number of organisations/people that they are following
- The number of organisations/people that are following them
If you click on these numbers, you will see the details of those that are followers or being followed. This means that when you start following people, not only will they be notified by twitter, but others will be able to see that you're following them too. This is good if you want to make it known you're looking for a job!
It also means that if you want to explore other accounts to follow, you can look at who they are following, and follow that account yourself. Some people, like me, keep lists of people that they follow for specific purposes, and these lists can be private, or can be shared with others. For example, if you look at my account, you will see I have a public list of people/organisations that I follow for vacancies. You could go through that list and quickly follow those that would interest you too.
Setting up a Twitter account is easy: https://mobile.twitter.com.
Why don't you get started today? Don't forget to follow me! @jayne_dragons!