Among all the newest social media job seeking fads, the Twesume might just be the easiest to quickly implement. Do you have a Twitter account? Do you have a resume? Then you already have about 90 percent of your Twesume.
Just because a Twesume can be put together quickly, however, doesn’t mean there aren’t some real things to consider before hitting the tweet button. After all, a recent Jobvite survey showed 92 percent of companies are using social networks to recruit this year. Your social network isn’t just for keeping up with friends or sharing that video of Cookie Monster singing Call Me Maybe. It can be a powerful tool in your job hunting toolbox if you know how to use it.
The most important thing to keep in mind when composing your Twesume is brevity. Not only is brevity the soul of wit, but with only 140 characters at your disposal keeping things concise is a necessity. The challenge of the Twesume is to make sure every one of your characters counts.
Here are some ways to make the most of every character when tweeting for your dream job:
A good reason to cut down on the characters is to make room for your hashtags. Shortening your message means you can fit important hashtags to help your Twesume get noticed. When deciding on your hashtags, be selective. The general #twesume hashtag is a great place to start, but you’ll also want to be more specific. Do some research on the hashtags related to your industry.
Check out all the major hashtags and see which have the most activity and which have the least. You don’t want to choose a hashtag so general you get lost in the rapid-fire flow of conversation. On the other hand, you want to choose a hashtag actively used by those in your industry. It’s imperative you leave enough room for the hashtags you’ve decided on so your Twesume can get noticed by the right people.
You want your Twesume to say something interesting about why you would make a great employee. If you’re just listing qualifications or educational experience it’s likely employers will scroll by. You have less than 140 characters to leave an impression on hiring managers.
Since you will be linking these employers to your longer-form resume, you don’t need to list out all your qualifications. Instead, focus on your personal brand. What is it you bring to a company that is unique? Determine what you have to offer and show in your Twesume you are just the creative candidate employers need to interview.
Since the room in your Twesume is scant, you’ll need to direct employers to secondary sources of information about your candidacy. One such source which can leave a strong first impression is a video resume. Include a shortlink to your video resume, where you can let employers actually “see” the real you.
Show Your Work
Think about developing a portfolio or blog of industry-related work. Then include the link in your Twesume. Potential employers want to know what you can do. The best way to show how you can bring value to their organization is to show the top-notch work you have already completed. Including a link to your industry-related portfolio will show potential employers the extensive skills you can bring to the table.
A Twesume can be a valuable part of your job seeker profile. Don’t let the lack of space scare you. Instead, think of how you can best take advantage of the 140 character space restrictions to give employers a fuller view of your candidacy. A great job could be only a tweet away!
What are some ways you can think to show off your skills in 140 characters? Share in the comments!
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