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Now, tweet your resume

Forget the classifieds. If you’re on a job hunt and you have an active Twitter profile with a considerable following, you may want to consider making a Twitter resume.

education Updated: Apr 29, 2010 14:16 IST
Sneha Mahale

Forget the classifieds. If you’re on a job hunt and you have an active Twitter profile with a considerable following, you may want to consider making a Twitter resume.These short information resumes are already a hit in countries like the US and UK, and are slowly gaining popularity in India as well.

What’s more is that, companies too, are logging in to check out resumes posted on this micro blogging site and hiring people off it.“The thing about tweets is that they are delivered to everyone on your list of followers, either through SMS, instant messaging or email.

So it becomes easier to know who is looking for a job and what it is that they are searching for,” says Nancy D’Cruz, a headhunter.Another reason why companies are encouraging job hunters to go online is because it saves money that would have been spent in hiring headhunters to keep a lookout for potential prospects.

Stay within limits
For candidates, the catch is that, the posts can be no more than 140 characters in length. This means they need to be concise, direct and relevant while giving out necessary information.“Candidates need to give out specific information that will attract potential employers while ensuring that the resume sticks to its 140 character limit. That is where an individual’s personal style comes across and that is exactly what certain companies, like those specialising in marketing, sales, advertising and media, seek,” says Vishwa Singh, HR consultant.

By giving select details about yourself, you ensure that those hiring you are not bogged down with needless information. It gives the employers, a taste of what is on offer and can land the candidate, a job interview. It also shows that you are tuned into the latest trends and on top of your game, one of the most important traits in landing that new job.

Vijaya Karnik, who landed her first job with an advertising company via Twitter, says, “As part of a college assignment, I was asked to post a Twitter resume. An advertising agency thought that the idea was novel and my post was creative. It caught their attention and I was asked to come immediately for a job interview.”