Thursday, April 18, 2013

Tweetsumé, a New Approach for Job Seekers

            Apparently the dearly beloved, hard copy paper form of a résumé is outdated.  It seems like practically everything has moved from the physical realm over to the digital.  Whether it is books, music, or games, résumés are following suit.  It is no longer acceptable to just use in your job search; one must start using social media.  But Kristin you say, “Isn’t that why I was forced to get a LinkedIn?”  Yes, that is a professional social media website, but that does not cut it anymore.  Twitter is the new way to pursue a job!  Florence Poirel at Social Media Today lays out 6 Steps to Tweet Your Résumé.  The steps cover appropriateness, targeting, and actual content.  You are probably wondering how it is possible to fit an entire résumé into 140 characters, so was I.
            The idea that people are turning to social media to help them in major aspects of their lives is fascinating.  Social media’s main purpose is for connection.  People now-a-days have a want and need to be connected at all times.  So, it makes sense that the professional world would eventually come to realize what a big opportunity it has in the form of connections through social media.  Twitter is a platform where you share information with millions of people.  But on the flip side, the opportunity is just as big for job seekers.  With Twitter, they can share their information to hundreds of interested companies.  It is like going to a virtual job fair and being able to connect with any company you please.  So the opportunities for both the businesses and the job seekers are mutually beneficial.  It allows for businesses to have their job openings be potentially seen by millions of people.  It also allows for job seekers to get their résumés out there and hopefully increase the likelihood that they land a job.
            Another implication of tweetsumés will probably be résumé inflation.  Successful companies that everyone wants to work for already get hundreds of hard copy résumés every day.  Most of them end up going in a pile and never looked at again, or just immediately trashed.  Then you also have all of the emails that companies receive with résumés attached that probably hardly ever get opened or may find their way into the spam folder.  And now on top of all of those hundreds of résumés, companies are supposed to have time to look at tweetsumés.  I personally do not think that it is possible.  It is résumé overload.  It will just make the companies even more overwhelmed and the job seekers even more frustrated when they do not hear back.  At first glance, the idea of tweetsumés is an interesting one, but when you put it on a large scale, I am just not sure it would work.  I think smaller companies could really utilize tweetsumés, the only pitfall there is that a smaller company does not have nearly the Twitter following that a larger one does.  I think the best way to use tweetsumés as a job seeker is to send them out, but to not get your hopes up.  It is a fast and easy way to get your résumé out to virtually any company, but I do not think the feedback is going to be there.  So if you are currently on the job hunt, keep in mind the option of a tweetsumé.


  1. The tweetsumé seems to be relevant advice since companies already look through our social media pages to find the person behind the résumé. The launch of the “6 Steps to Tweet Your Résumé” also comes at an appropriate time when the older portion of those who grew up with social media is graduating college and/or graduate school. We have always been told to be careful what you put on Facebook, Twitter, etc. because companies will find whatever you put on the Internet. Times have turned to where we want companies to find us on the Internet. I cannot count how many YouTube sensations are now on labels because a company found what they posted online. It is a new stage in our lives where the number one goal is to get employed now that we have completed our education and have to start paying back student loans. The number one point in the article that Twitter advises us is to make sure our content is appropriate. This is what our parents have been telling us since the invention of the Internet. Following these key points from tweetsumé, we can build our futures through what we are supposed to know best, our social media.

    "Your resume in just 140 characters: applying for a job trough Twitter"

  2. * "Your resume in just 140 characters: applying for a job trough Twitter"

  3. Just discovering today that I have been quoted in this article. Thanks you for sharing!

    Students often contact me in regards to their online "brand image" and communication strategy, and I am always very surprised to see that many young people actually have little idea of what they are doing. Some keep their info as private as possible fearing that some terrible picture or comment would come out, other don't have a presence online at all.

    I think institutions such as high schools and college should invest more time in teaching our kids to use these tools and start their career with strong online profiles.

    But it is also the responsibility of these young people to research the web for advices, create their accounts, and constantly improve their image. This is a never ending learning curve that, if controlled properly, can lead to amazing results. My online profiles "offered me" my two first jobs: one as Marketing Manager in Belgium.... and the second one as YouTube Policy Specialist for Google!