Making the Case for the 140 Character Twitter #Résumé

Can you describe all of your distinctive attributes in 140 characters or less? Better yet, can you sum up your entire job résumé into one “tweet”?

Many people are starting to speculate that Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read short messages, has the capability to transform the world of recruitment and staffing.

With more than 200 million active users, Twitter certainly has the scale to become a fundamental recruitment tool.

“Twitter is becoming the new job board. It is also becoming the new résumé,” states Rachel Emma Silverman and Laura Weber in their article for the Wall Street Journal. “Fed up with traditional recruiting sites and floods of irrelevant résumés, some recruiters are turning to the social network to post jobs, hunt for candidates and research applicants. Job seekers, in turn, are trying to summarize their CV’s in 140 characters…”


So how will recruiters use Twitter to find the best candidates? erecruit just announced a partnership with MBLAST, which will provide extraordinary social media intelligence, including alerts about a potential job candidate’s Twitter activity, to all users of erecruit’s enterprise staffing software.

Despite the format of a “twesume” being restriced to a limited character count, it is evident that the concept of landing a job via twitter is #trendingworldwide. Even the Twitter Spokeswoman, Alexandra Valasek, believes that the social networking site, “Allows you to develop a certain rapport with recruiters and companies you otherwise would not have access to. A tweet is much easier to send than an email or a phone call.”

Prafful Sharma, Co-Founder of HireRabbit, fully explains through statistics why the staffing industry should be using Twitter as a recruiting tool in his article for

  1. 39% of all job seekers are on Twitter
  2. 23% of all job seekers (71% of those with a profile) have leveraged Twitter in their job hunt
  3. 8% have updated Twitter with their professional information
  4. 6% have received a job referral through Twitter
  5. 8 million Americans credit Twitter as a source that led to their current job

So how does a jobseeker go about creating a 140 character tweet that encompasses every aspect of their résumé?

According to an article by Joe Turner, a veteran recruiter for The Ladders, every Twitter résumé should include the following four major elements:

  1. Desired job title
  2. Desired location
  3. Keywords with hash tags
  4. Link to résumé, personal homepage or your social-networking profile page, such as LinkedIn.


RT #Donna Molinari seeks a LEAD/SR QA ENG JOB @teTalentNetwork – @TweetMyResume #resume #QA-Jobs-CA

Since we live in a society where the use of online social networking is becoming more prevalent by the day, should Twitter readjust their service to better target the needs of the staffing and recruiting industry? With thousands more people signing up every day to share announcements, images, videos, and thoughts maybe Twitter should get the ball rolling on incorporating the “new elevator pitch” into their business model.

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