Of all the irksome recent trends, perhaps the one that horrifies us the most right now is Résumé Tweeting. The Wall Street Journal lays out this skin-crawling trend in a few mere sentences:
Twitter is becoming the new job board. It is also becoming the new résumé. 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 CVs in 140 characters or six-second videos (Vines).
The act of summarizing a professional life in 140 characters seems frightening, demeaning, and downright laughable, while the practice of asking someone to do that seems lazy, power-hungry, and downright laughable. Not to mention it also goes against another prominent trend we talked about recently (personal branding).
But before we too harshly pass judgment on this supposedly growing trend, we want to see it in action. Maybe someone could wow you in 140 characters (or at least intrigue you enough to score an interview). Maybe 140 characters is all an employer needs to judge character and expertise.
So we decided to make a contest out of it.
What You Do
1. Carefully craft a message to news@http://staffingtalk.com that is 140 characters or fewer. Your message can take any number of approaches, but the idea is to interest and intrigue us to the point of reaching out and contacting you. For the purposes of this contest, the imaginary job you’re Tweeting for isn’t important, suffice to say you’re definitely qualified and definitely interested.
2. If you wanna include links, they can't be to résumés, LinkedIn profiles, or areas with more career info about you. Remember, the purpose of this trend is to subtract important info from the review process.
3. Have fun with it. Even a joke that makes fun of the fact that we're asking you to Résumé Tweet might get our attention.
What We’ll Do
1. We’ll award our favorite Tweet with a free Staffing Talk t-shirt (see right) and a few surprise goodies, plus we’ll announce your greatness via our social networks.
2. If we get a decent amount of responses, we’ll publish all of our favorites in an upcoming post and let you know how our opinions of this trend have changed.