Can Tweeting Help You Write a Better Resume?
According to employment experts at My Job Group, a network of regional job sites in the United Kingdom, résumés written by job seekers who are actively involved on Twitter were better written and more likely to land on an employer's short list. After analyzing 500 resumes, they found that résumés from "non-tweeters" tended to use the same hackneyed opening phrases and exhibited multiple redundancies throughout the document. Whereas tweeters appeared to use a more expressive and abridged style of writing and got to the point faster.
Twitter is a social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send and use other user's messages called tweets. Tweets are limited to 140 characters -- and this limitation forces people to be succinct. In this age of information overload, everyone wants information to be brief and to the point, especially recruiters and hiring managers. They don't have time to read every resume. They are looking for key words and top accomplishments. If they can find this information quickly, they are more likely to give the resume a second scan and put you on their short list. Below are five suggestions for creating tighter, more meaningful resumes that get noticed by the hiring manager.
- Stop relying on personal attributes and tired expressions to sell your candidacy. Writing on your resume that you are dedicated, hardworking, loyal, and a good communicator is a waste of space on the resume. These are baseline qualifications for any job. Focus on more tangible competencies such as your functional and technical skills.
- Don't write your job description. So many resumes include phrases such as responsible for or duties included. A description of job tasks explains what you are supposed to do in your job. Spend less time on that and more time explaining how you did the job better, smarter, or more efficiently.
- Say the same thing in fewer words. More is not always better on a resume. Audit every sentence and see if there is a way to communicate the same information in a clearer, crisper way.
- Use design features to make information pop. Bolding, shading, and spacing can help call attention to specific pieces of information quickly. Use these techniques to highlight your most important achievements.
- Create a professional tag line. Include a brief overview of who you are professionally and what you want to be known for at the top of your resume rather than leading with your work history. This strategy allows you to pull your reader in quickly and encourages them to read on.
Barbara Safani, owner of Career Solvers, has over fifteen years of experience in career management, recruiting, executive coaching, and organizational development.
Barbara partners with both Fortune 100 companies and individuals to deliver targeted programs focusing on resume development, job search strategies, networking, interviewing, salary negotiation skills, and online identity management.
She is the author of Happy About My Resume: 50 Tips For Building a Better Document to Secure a Brighter Future and #JOBSEARCHtweet and her award-winning resumes are featured in dozens of career-related publications.