Friday, June 7, 2013

Posting a Resume on Twitter

It’s true that a 140-character resume (sometimes called a “Twesume”) can’t replace a full resume for conveying all of your experience and attributes. But, if they’re well thought out, 140 characters can grab the attention of an employer or help with networking. Some companies are using Twesumes, and social networking in general, to get a sense for a prospective employee’s character, friends, sense of humor, and ability to interact with others. And, creating such a concise communication is a great exercise for keeping your most important message top of mind.

If you want to give it a shot, the first step is to get your Twitter account set up. Include a professional-looking picture and make sure to have at least a few followers.  Include as much information in your tweet as possible, within the 140-character limit. Try to include a career goal, one accomplishment and/or skill, and a limited bio. Provide a link to your actual resume so those interested will be able to get more information.

Becoming familiar with Twitter language will help you condense your message. Here are some of the more commonly used abbreviations:

·         DM – Direct Message (a private message to someone you follow)
·         RT – Retweet (posting a message written by someone else)
·         CC – Carbon Copy
·         B4 – Before
·         BC – Because
·         EM – Email
·         LI – LinkedIn
·         TY – Thank You

Using a hashtag (#) provides a way of grouping similar messages together and could increase the likelihood of your Twesume being found by recruiters. Visit to learn more about how to create and most effectively use them.

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