Jobseekers turn to new platforms to get noticed by recruiters.
If you’re looking for a job right now, you better not stop at sending your CV to job boards and companies. You have to consider getting your #twesume out there as well. Your Twitter resume, that is.
It seems more and more companies are using the social networking and microblogging site to grow their business by creating new services focused on using the site and attracting more clients. Last month PSFK featured World’s Fastest Agency, an ad agency which responds to clients’ briefs via Twitter DM within 24 hours. Then there’s One Minute Briefs, who promises to answer briefs within a minute.
Many headhunters and companies have already starting using Twitter for their business needs. Hiring managers and recruiters are going on Twitter to check out potential hires and post job openings. In turn, many job seekers have also started to include Twitter in their job hunting efforts by tweeting their resume in 140 characters.
Using Twitter for recruitment is a relatively new thing and not all companies are doing it. Those that do seem to like the direct contact it gives them with applicants and that it helps them spread the word about their company and their job openings via the networks of their followers and their followers’ followers. Most of the companies or hiring managers who use Twitter in their recruitment efforts are those who are in media and technology and these are people who are comfortable with using the tool.
Job seekers have also taken to using a mobile service called Vine to post short video resumes. Vine allows users to take short looping videos and share them on Twitter. These short videos can only be six seconds or less and are much like Tweets, thus a little creativity and planning would be needed if you want a good short video resume to attract employers.
Early this year, Dawn Siff, a former radio journalist, earned media coverage after her Vine video resume went viral. In her video, Siff is carrying several props like a lightsaber, a light bulb, a microphone, and a Rubik’s cube and describing herself as a deadline jedi, a strategist, and an idea machine. Later she earned a job as a project manager at a large media company. According to her, the video wasn’t the sole reason she was hired but it did impress the firm executives.
Not everyone is convinced just yet that recruiting through Twitter is the way to go, but many already see its potential.
These days it’s all about differentiating yourself and making that important first impression or establishing an initial connection. For some, a catchy and creative Tweet may just be the way.