All You Need to Know About Twitter for Job Search

When you think of social media for your job search, LinkedIn is probably the first thing to come to mind. But it’s worth taking advantage of other networks as well. One of those is Twitter. It’s a tool all job seekers should be using as part of their job search strategy. Sharing thoughts and content on Twitter can help to establish you as an expert in your field; you can tweet original content in 140 characters or less per tweet, or retweet articles and ideas of others in your area of interest to grow your following in your area of expertise. Additionally, fine tuning your news feed gives you the “inside scoop” in real time.

One tip is to follow companies you want to work for to find out about events they will be present at, what roles they are hiring for, and whatever else they are tweeting about to expand your knowledge and insight into what you could offer if you were to work there. Be sure to demonstrate in interviews how you can contribute based on knowledge you’ve gained from following them. Lists are another key tool into keeping your search and feed curated to your area of interest.

For more information, join Wendy Saccuzzo for a free webinar on Friday, February 27 at noon on Social Media & Job Search. The webinar will show you how to maximize your time by creating a top notch LinkedIn profile, as well as offer tips on how to use Twitter for networking, job search, and interview preparation. (RSVP required; password: tech2015) Wendy is a Career Development Specialist and Community Manager at Riviera who offers insight into trends in the job search space. For more information, email

Improving Your Job Hunt with LinkedIn and Other Social Media

The professional network site is the modern day Rolodex, which is why it’s more important than ever to make sure you polish your LinkedIn profile before you start your next job hunt, and to use the site to the fullest once your search is underway. There are more than 300 million professionals on LinkedIn; stand out from the crowd by using these tips to build up your online resume.

Create a headline and summary

These are the first sections people see when they visit your LinkedIn profile, so you want them to be accurate, professional and packed with keywords. Your headline should include your job title and any pertinent keywords. You can expand it up to 120 characters to include a short version of your elevator pitch if desired.

The summary should be casual yet professional, summing up the benefits you can provide potential employers. Remember, the goal is to draw a recruiter in and making them want to know more about you. List the reasons you’re an expert in your career in a bulleted list and be sure to include relevant skills--members who list skills on their LinkedIn profiles receive an average of 13 times more profile views than those who don’t. Also note that a summary of 40 words or more makes you more likely to turn up in a search. If you’re drawing a blank, researching other profiles is a great way to find out how people with similar careers are talking about themselves.

Upload a photo

Research shows if you have a profile photo, it increases the likelihood that your profile will be viewed by 14 times. If not, people may think you’re not active. It doesn’t have to be a professionally taken photograph, but be sure to use a photo that shows only you and gives a clear view of your face with no obstructions. One where you are smiling makes you look more friendly and approachable.  Alternatively, an avatar can be used in lieu of a photo, and ideally that same avatar will be used across any other social media outlets you are on.

Invite people to connect

Once you’ve got the basics in your profile, it’s time to build up your connections. Use email addresses to find people if possible, and personalize the invitations you send to anyone you know and trust. Rather than connecting through “People You May Know,” always go to their profile so that you can personalize the invite. Once your network is built up, ask your 1st degree connections if they can introduce you to 2nd degree contacts working at places you want to get to know.

Join groups

Groups are a great way to interact with other people who might not be a direct connection (without paying for pricey InMail). Find your most relevant group for your industry and interests--including any university alumni groups for any school you attended--and sign up. People who post or engage in Group discussions get an average of four times as many profile views. Also, you can use the “Reply Privately” option within groups to reach out to LinkedIn users who are not within your network.

Find the most desirable jobs

Keep track of “Jobs In Your Network” and “Jobs You May Be Interested In” by signing up for LinkedIn’s notification emails. Use the Save Job button to create a list of opportunities of interest. Also, be sure to pay attention to the “People who viewed this job also viewed…” section--there may be even more interesting positions for you there.

Utilize other online tools

You want to claim your public profile, so create a personalized is always great, but there are plenty of options if that’s not available. Add your LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle and email signature across all mediums. And don’t let Twitter fall by the wayside--it can help establish your personal brand in social media. Establish yourself as an expert by retweeting articles you find interesting with brief commentary. Always follow a company that you want to get hired by--especially if you have an upcoming interview--in order to familiarize yourself completely.

Interact in the real world

Remember, talking to people in person is the most important thing you can do for your job search, so regardless of how amazing your online resume is, you need to get out and meet real people. The majority of hiring is still a  So get out there and socialize!

This article was written by Wendy Saccuzzo, Career Development Specialist at Riviera Partners & Director of Career Development at Women Who Code.  Follow Wendy on Twitter @aboutworkstuff

For more valuable job search tips, you can join Wendy for in-person career development workshops in partnership with Women Who Code. For more information, check out the “Job Club” events at the Women Who Code MeetUp page. Contact Wendy Saccuzzo with questions at

Job Club: All the tools you need to fine tune your job search

Job hunting is a lot easier when you know all the tricks of the trade, and that's what you'll learn from the Job Club MeetUp series. The series is hosted by Wendy Saccuzzo, a Career Development Specialist and Community Manager at Riviera, who offers insight into trends in the job search space. The goal of Job Club is for job seekers to gather and network about a specific topic related to job search. Wendy spends 15-20 minutes on a specific job search related topic, offers resources for the job seekers, and leads a discussion with attendees on any questions or concerns they have about their job search or career development.  It’s a great forum to practice introducing yourself and telling your story, while meeting others who are also immersed on job search.

Job Club:  Telling Your Story on Thursday, February 26th at noon

Job Club:  Job Search Strategy on Tuesday, March 3rd at 4pm

Job Club:  Twitter on Thursday, March 12 at noon

Job Club:  Interviews on Thursday, March 19th at 4pm

Job Club:  Networking on Thursday, March 26th at noon

Job Club:  Salary & Negotiation on Tuesday, March 31st at 4pm

Behind the Scenes: How we unwind without leaving the office

Work-life integration is very important to us, and a big part of that is making sure our team members have the opportunity to play hard while they’re working hard. Of course, it’s a lot easier to get in regular downtime if it’s encouraged around the office, and there are a variety of ways we try to accomplish that.

Music is definitely a key element to the culture at Rivi, and you’ll always find us listening to music out loud in the afternoons. “I love the energy of Riviera,” says Principal Thor Bucy. “While everyone at Riviera is diverse in their musical preferences, we all share a common thread: we enjoy music that fires us up and keeps the energy levels high.”

We even have a dedicated music room where people can blow off steam on the in-house guitars and drum set. “The life of a recruiter is pressure-packed, so it’s great to have space for the team to relax, bond and jam out any tensions. There’s no better way to find balance and harmony than in the music room,” says Managing Partner Michael Morell. Don’t know how to play? Rivi offers guitar lessons for those interested in picking up a new skill.

Given our San Francisco headquarters, it probably comes as no surprise that food is also hugely important here in the office. Many colleagues get together to partake in ELF (short for Extended Lunch Fridays), and we hold a regular Bake Off and Dip Off where everyone can participate as chefs and taste testers. “Shh! Baking is my superpower!” says Arusyak Kirpichyan, Technical Recruiter and recent Rivi Bake Off Winner. “I love sharing my baking with colleagues, and they don’t seem to mind.” (See below for Arusyak’s winning recipe.)

Perhaps one of the most fun activities at the office is the weekly Friday Thunderdome Challenge. We have a really big ridiculous trophy with random stuff on it that represents the various challenges, and the winner gets to keep trophy for a week and gets to make up the challenge. “The challenges are picked by the previous winner and can be completely random and off-the-wall,” says Talent Specialist Torie Mantzouranis. “One of the funniest challenges was balancing a cookie on your forehead and getting it into your mouth without hands. That will definitely get your mind off work for a few minutes!”

There are also a variety of games scattered around the office, including Wii, Corn Hole, Foosball and Ping Pong (we’re hoping to hold an annual tournament). And our rather ideal waterfront location encourages activities in the near vicinity, like lunchtime jogs, walks by the water and outings to Giants games.

Interested in taking part in the fun? Contact us to find out about opportunities to join our team.

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Nutella Baklava

Yields 24 squares

Recipe adapted by Epicureanmom


1  cup honey

3/4 cup water

1 cinnamon stick

1 cup Nutella spread

1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup roasted pistachios, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup blanched toasted almonds, coarsely chopped

1/3 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon salt

cooking spray

24 sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed

1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted


Combine honey, water and cinnamon stick in a medium saucepan over low heat; stir until honey dissolves.  Increase heat to medium and cook (without stirring) for 7-10 minutes, or until a thermometer reads 230 degrees.  Take off heat, and cover to keep warm.  Discard cinnamon stick.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place Nutella in a microwave-safe bowl; microwave for 45 seconds to melt.  Combine all nuts, cinnamon and salt in a small bowl.  Toss to coat.

Lightly coat a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray.  1 phyllo sheet at a time, place lengthwise in bottom of prepared pan allowing ends to extend over the edge slightly; brush evenly with butter.  Repeat with 5 phyllo sheets and butter.  Spread 1/3 of nutella over the last phyllo sheet, in an even layer.  Sprinkle with 1/3 of nut mixture.  Repeat process twice ending with 6 phyllo sheets on top of the last layer of nuts.  Gently press into pan.

Make 3 lengthwise cuts and 5 crosswise cuts to form 24 portions, using a sharp knife.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until phyllo dough is golden brown.  Remove from oven and drizzle with honey.  Cool; store at room temperature in an airtight container.

A Look Back at Recruiting in Q4

In case you missed it, last week we shared our latest installment of our quarterly newsletter! Read about what happened last quarter, where we are headed, and how we plan on getting there.

John Simonelli

As we reflect upon last year and press ahead into 2015, one thing is abundantly clear — the momentum of the tech industry shows no sign of letting up. In an almost unheard of twist of trends, Riviera saw the biggest quarter ever in Q4. Deals flowed right through the end of the year into the holidays, going to show that companies are aggressively searching and dedicated to finding the right talent.

We're also seeing the business diversify, and it's not just happening in the Bay anymore. It's expanding nationally, particularly in NYC and LA. We've started to see client growth in both those areas, and we have recruiters stationed in both locales full-time. We're making inroads into the financial services arena in NYC, and with media, transportation and other emerging growth companies in LA (more on this below).

To ensure the very best level of service to our diverse range of clients, we're charging ahead with industry-changing ideas. We believe that in the long term, technology is going to have a significant impact on recruiting. We continue to invest in a collection of apps that help us work smarter, better and more effectively. Our internal data aggregation platform hit a major milestone in 2014 with the release of version 4.0, and we're making various enhancements on an ongoing basis. We're also expanding beyond internal tools with the release of client and candidate apps in 2015. Our new technology will ensure that clients, candidates and recruiters get the best possible results.

Here's to a prosperous 2015!

John Simonelli


2014 Salary Trends
Looking for talent?

For those running their first company, hiring the best people to back them up can be a bit of a challenge. We're here to help with some words of advice. Follow our blog for ongoing guidance and tips. Here's a taste of what our team serves up: Hiring Tips for First Time CEOs


Looking for change?

The new year is an apt time to think about changing jobs, and as the quarter heats up, many companies will be hiring. Make sure you're top of mind with these tips: Make Your Resume Stand Out With the KISS Principle


In the News

In the last few months of 2014, Rivi recruiters offered up commentary on the importance of data in recruiting, C-suite compensation trends and more.

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A look back at where we've been and what we learned in the last quarter of 2014

The Sunniest of Tech Conferences: Techweek LA

The tech world may be solidly entrenched in the Bay Area, but there's a growing presence in other metro areas like NYC and LA. So naturally, Rivi is growing in these locations as well. Recently, our own Eric Larson was on hand at Techweek LA to judge a startup competition.

Ireland's Web Summit Conference

We're always aiming to learn a little something here at Rivi, and we recently had the opportunity to do so over on the Emerald Isle. The Web Summit's gathering of thousands of tech leaders, innovators and enthusiasts offered plentiful insights on the industry.

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Riviera Alum Alaina Percival Featured by TechRepublic

We're a close knit team here at Riviera, so we keep a close eye on our employees even after they move on to other opportunities. One such team member is Alaina Percival, who is now leading the grassroots charge as CEO of our partner Women Who Code.  Recently, Alaina chatted with TechRepublic about keeping women in the tech industry, growing a startup into a nonprofit, and learning new tech skills.

(TechRepublic) Alaina Percival: Women Who Code CEO. Grassroots leader. Hiker.

Alaina Percival was the leader of Women Who Code long before she officially accepted the title. She brushed it off for two years because she felt like an imposter, in a way. Though she had worked and volunteered with the global nonprofit since its beginning, and she was the go-to person for almost all questions, she didn't have a technical background. She was still relatively new to the tech industry.

Then she convinced herself of something important: if an engineer was leading, she wasn't out in the world, being an engineer. By taking the lead and becoming CEO, Percival was keeping the mission of Women Who Code -- inspiring women to excel in technology careers -- strong, and she knew how to do it. She incorporated the organization, filed for a 501(c)3 status, and trademarked the name. She started talking to press and expanding their reach.

Read the full article here...

Silicon Valley Business Journal - Software Engineer Salaries Grew Even More In 2014

If you're looking for trends in tech, a good place to start is with data on engineering hires--and we've got that covered. We took a look back at our data from 2014 to figure out average salaries, highest paying roles and skills, and funding stage and position (among other things) and created an infographic to break it all down. The folks at Silicon Valley Business Journal picked up the graphic and featured the interesting stats.

(Silicon Valley Business Journal) - Software engineer salaries grew even more in 2014; Exodus to SF continued

Software engineers' salaries at many Bay Area startups are holding strong, and they continue to flock north to San Francisco for jobs, according to San Francisco-based recruiting firm Riviera Partners.

Salaries at companies with seed and Series A funding remained steady from 2013 to 2014, with software engineers at companies receiving an average of $117,000 at seed-funded companies and $125,000 at Series A-funded companies. In 2014, the average software engineer at a Series B-funded company made $142,000, up from $130,000 in 2013. Series C-funded companies paid programmers $137,000 salaries on average, up from $128,000 the previous year. The 2014 data came from more than 500 engineering roles at venture capital-backed Bay Area companies that work with Riviera.

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Computer World - Degree-free IT: Can college-skippers thrive in tech?

(Computer World) - Degree-free IT: Can college-skippers thrive in tech?

With college costs sky high and the IT job market red hot, some techies are skipping the sheepskin and heading straight to work. Is that a smart move or short-sighted?

Mike Samaras has worked steadily in IT for a decade, starting when he was 17 and fresh out of high school.

He’s worked in contract jobs and staff positions, held titles like junior systems administrator, desktop administrator, network engineer and systems administrator, and picked up knowledge of Microsoft Server and Windows, Cisco routers and EMC storage.

Now 27 and a senior systems engineer for Denver-based Frontier Airlines, Samaras says he’s confident that his future prospects are as strong as ever -- despite the fact that he doesn’t hold a college degree. “In IT, experience counts for more than a degree,” he says. “It’s about ‘show me your skill set and what you have to offer.’”

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Engineering Salaries Reviewed

As 2015 continues to ramp, we wanted to see if we could derive any insight about the Bay Area's changing engineering landscape by reviewing some recent subject data. We crunched the numbers from the all of 2014 and shared our findings in our latest infographic below:

2015 Engineering Candidate Marketplace Review - Riviera Partners