According to a recent article from Wall Street Journal Online, not only are job recruiters scouring Twitter to find potential employees, but job seekers are also turning to the social network to present a 140-characters-or-less version of their resume.
Of course, it’s not anything new for recruiters to research applicants’ social media presence, but some are taking it to a whole new level.
Boston network-infrastructure company Enterasys recently used Twitter to search for candidates for a social media marketing position, accepting only those who used the hashtag #socialCV and had at least 1000 followers. Enterasys’ chief marketing officer, Vala Afshar, is contemplating abandoning the traditional resume recruitment process, stating “The Web is your CV and social networks are your references”.
Twitter spokeswoman Alexandra Valasek said, “A tweet is much easier to send than an email or a phone call”. Dawn Siff, one Twitter job-seeker, had her video “twesume” go viral, gaining 4 times the amount of followers she had prior as well as television coverage. She even managed to impress executives at the Vine.
However, after recruiters have found potential employees on Twitter, they usually turn to more traditional ways of hiring, according to WSJ. “Candidates may tweet a link to a resume or a more complete social-media profile, followed by phone or in-person interviews”.
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