Is Twitter Killing The Resume?

Twitter posts replace resumes

The death of paper resumes has been predicted ever since the advent of email. And now some tech-savvy employers are even refusing to look at traditional resumes or conduct in-person interviews, instead relying on applicants' postings on Twitter in the pursuit of top talent.

Known in some circles as Twitterviews, the ability to sell yourself in 140 characters or less is the latest trend in hiring -- at least among high-tech firms. They include Salem, N.H.-based Enterasys, USA Today reports. The networking company's chief marketing officer, Vala Afsha, says that he's only considering tweets in assessing who's the best candidate for the six-figure, senior social media strategist position he's looking to fill by April 1.

"I believe the very best talent isn't even looking for work," says Afshar, who began accepting tweets for the job earlier this month. "They're mobile and socially connected and too busy changing the world." Afshar isn't alone. Aaron Biebert hired an employee via Twitter 18 months ago based on 40 public tweets and no in-person interview.

"It didn't matter to me what they're like in an interview setting," says Biebert, who works in Milwaukee as a media director. "All that mattered was their online personality." The employee has since left, but Biebert told USA Today that he plans to turn to Twitter again to refill the position.

More: Why You Need A Social Media Makeover

Does the rise of the interview mean you should give up on your resume? Not so fast, says career coach and AOL Jobs contributor Miriam Salpeter. "Inevitably, people are looking to say the resume is dead," she says, adding that hiring gimmicks such as Afsha's are mainly geared toward attracting younger applicants.

The larger lesson, she says, is that social media is becoming more pervasive in hiring. Though you may not be screened based on your ability to tweet for a job, she says, "it is becoming more and more important for any professional to maintain a digital profile," which appears on social-media sites such as Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook and LinkedIn.

For job seekers, the best strategy is to utilize social media in the best way that you can and have an updated, professional resume that highlights your skills, Salpeter says. "You don't want to dismiss any possible way to connect with a networking contact or an employer."

Learn more about using social media and job seeking in the infographic below from OnlineColleges.com. Then, check out the site's 10 tips for optimizing your social resume.


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Lauren Elizabeth

I don't think that a resume can fit into 140 characters no matter how social-media savvy or how little experience you have. It's just not possible. I do however think that Twitter is an awesome vehicle to apply to jobs and share your resume if you have one online. I don't have a personal website, but I use www.gozaik.com for my online resume because it gives you a unique URL, has video features, and a platform to search job tweets.

May 02 2013 at 3:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbm489

Its the birth of the wizard of oz mentality, fire, smoke and mirrors, but who is there really? You can be cute and cutesy but will you do the grunt work? Someone has too.

March 06 2013 at 9:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mooncusser

"I believe the very best talent isn't even looking for work," says Afshar, who began accepting tweets for the job earlier this month. "They're mobile and socially connected and too busy changing the world."

LOL - full of him/herself? MUCH!!!

March 04 2013 at 12:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thosholzel

So the 140-letter hiree left already. And you know why? Because high-level interviews are two-way streets: the person being interviewed is also interviewing the employer--and may not like what he sees.

Any CEO who thinks that interviewing can be reduced to a tweet won't last long in the real world. Dollars to donuts he's going to be tweeting for a new job for himself in less than a year.

March 04 2013 at 9:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
douginflorida1

I really dont know where they get this stuff..i own a small direct mail advertising company and if anyone came to an interview and directed me to their twitter account for a resume. I would direct them to the janitor's closet for their new job. They can tweet the uric acid off the floor below the urinals.

March 04 2013 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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mooncusser

APPLAUSE! LOL good comment.

March 04 2013 at 12:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
barrybarrysteep1

"Their online personality"? Seriously? That sounds so lame!

March 04 2013 at 7:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Cliff Woodbeach

There is a book I need to get around to reading called "Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy" by Chris Hayes.

March 04 2013 at 6:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yuccapucka

Above all else, if you're a handsome dude, then network to get in touch with the chief stockholders pretty unmarried daughter. Once you marry her, then you have a job for life in a plush office with an impressive job title where you get paid a six figure income for doing absolutely nothing. You'll have a private jet and a hot saucy secretary too, but don't touch. Company politics is everything!

March 04 2013 at 6:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Get real.

Any company that hires someone strictly because of what they Tweeted deserves what they will get. LOL

March 04 2013 at 6:03 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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skevwe

Oh my goodness you are not kidding. Duh some people actually trust what they see on the internet? How moronic!

March 04 2013 at 6:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gr8bsn

In a way, I kind of like this. It reminds me of a meeting. Anything that can be said in 30 minutes can probably be said in 15. Anything that can be said on a full page can probably be said in 140 words if you leave the BS out. It could be a blessing and a curse. If you want to leave out the shakier parts of your work history (all of us have that from our young days), a 140 word tweet allows you to focus on your positives and sell yourselves. The application and resume system as it works now serves to highlight all of your mistakes and weaknesses while ignoring your strengths. My only problem with this is that I still prefer the in face interaction.

March 04 2013 at 4:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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thosholzel

"Anything that can be said on a full page can probably be said in 140 words if you leave the BS out."

Tell that to Shakespear, Goethe, Milton.

March 04 2013 at 9:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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