What constitutes the perfect résumé? Well, it really depends on whom you ask.
Some people swear by sticking to one page and the right-sized margins, while others advocate including your hobbies and interests.
What no one suggests: limiting your résumé to 140 characters or less—but your Twitter activity could make the difference when it comes to scoring your next gig.
The Next Online Hiring Frontier: Twitter
The Wall Street Journal reports that some recruiters are steering clear of traditional job sites to post open positions and solicit candidates through Twitter.
For example, a network-infrastructure firm based in Boston recently asked candidates to express their interest in a social media marketing position via Twitter using hashtag #socialCV.
The maneuver by hiring managers is likely a smart move: With over 200 million monthly active users, the site provides unusual direct access to hiring managers and applicants alike.
But, given that it’s a relatively new platform, the rules are still unclear. Are recruiters obligated to answer tweets? Must job-seekers tweet only about career-related things or can they also use the same account for personal messages?
Truth be told, there are no actual rules—one woman’s six-second video résumé tweet got her a job as a project manager at a major media company, while countless others tweet in search of a job without the same results.
If you’re going to use Twitter to look for a new position, just make sure that it’s not your sole method. When job hunting, social media is best used in conjunction with networking and paper résumé … with well-spaced margins.