By: Tracy Levine, President, Advantage Talent Inc.
Recently many blogs have popped up about how to post your resume on Twitter so recruiters can find you. Purportedly, droves of recruiters and hiring managers are using Twitter to find their next employee. I do not know if this is true or not, but it never hurts to go ahead and get your name out there. You never know where your next job will come from. With that being said, it is important to understand who uses Twitter so you can understand the audience and set realistic expectations. There are no concrete numbers on how many people actually use Twitter versus those who have opened an account and subsequently abandoned it. The number of Twitter Accounts are growing with an estimated 18 million people who visit Twitter at least once a month accounting for approximately 3 ½ to 4% of adult internet users. On the flipside, almost 60% of the people who sign up for Twitter abandon their accounts. The median age of a Twitter user is 31. Most of these statistics can be found at Pew Internet & American Life Project website. (http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/Twitter-and-status-updating.aspx)
As an Executive Recruiter who has talked to other Executive Level Recruiters, my impression is not only would they not look for resumes on Twitter many just don’t get Twitter. My personal experience with Twitter is new. I use Twitter to tweet jobs because it drives people to Advantage Talent, Inc.’s website to submit resumes directly. I have no statistics on whether this is helpful or not. My followers are not huge but since I started tweeting, Advantage Talent, Inc.’s jobs have been showing up on numerous job boards run by private individuals and bloggers. In a roundabout way I am looking for resumes for specific jobs on Twitter and garnering some success. This is not the same activity as searching for posted resumes on Twitter. So if someone asked if I looked for resumes on Twitter the answer would be yes and no.
Yes. Tweet your Resume.
The main reason you should Tweet your resume has nothing to do with Recruiters or Hiring Managers. It is hard to find a job if no one knows you are looking. Tweeting is another form of networking. If you are currently using Twitter, let your contacts know what type of job you are looking for and guide them toward your resume. The following is an example of how to notify people you are looking for a job in the 140 character limit and direct people to your resume. In this example, the link goes to my Linkedin Profile.
RT #Tracy Levine seeks a CMO Job Atlanta #Resume #CV http://tinyurl.com/29pdyzo
- RT is shorthand for retweet. When you send the original tweet this encourages people to retweet to their followers.
- # is the symbol used for hashtags which are terms people search when looking for posts. For example Resume and CV have hashtags.
- At the end is the URL address back to my LinkedIn profile. You will notice that the URL is shortened. You do this by going to http://tinyurl.com and pasting your LinkedIn Profile address into the space provided. You will be provided with a shorter URL.
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