Questions for Corn: Explaining Twitter on Your Resume

by Rich DeMatteo on March 26, 2010 · 13 comments

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On Thursday night, @HeatherHuhman and I were featured guests on #u30pro, a popular, and quite bad ass Twitter chat.  The co-moderators of #u30pro (@davidspinks, @CubanaLAF, & @SJhalestorm), brought us on to converse with folks about the nights topic, “negotiating a job offer”.

While the chat was winding down, I announced that anyone with further questions should holler.  Not long after sending that tweet, I received an @ message from Jessica Malnik (@jessicamalnik).  Here is Jessica’s tweet/question.

Jessica Tweet SM Resume

After digging deeper into her question, Jessica stated that she was mostly looking to understand how to explain her use of Twitter on a resume.  To answer her question, I immediately sent her two tweets back.

Twitter REsume Tweet 1My first tweet stated that a new section of the resume should be created.  This can simply be called “Microblogging on Twitter @jessicamalnik”.  Underneath, include bullets or a paragraph to explain how you’ve used it to your advantage.

Don’t forget to include a link, directing them to your Twitter account.

Twitter REsume Tweet 2In the second tweet, I went into specifics about what the paragraph should/could state.  Explain exactly how you’ve used it.  Has it been to gain knowledge, or to reach an influential person?

Include something that the employer will find of value to them.

Find out what will interest your specific industry, and look for ways you have, or can start doing those things yourself on Twitter.  Pick out a few of your Twitter success stories, then drop those nifty stories on your resume.

Simply stating that you tweet doesn’t automatically guarantee they will check you out.  Share one, or several of your Twitter accomplishments, and they will be much more inclined to see what you have been up to in the Twitterverse, and more importantly, why they should hire you.

Do you have a ‘Question for Corn?’  Send me an @ message on Twitter to @CornOnTheJob

Do you include Twitter on your resume?  Yes/No?  Why/Why not?

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8 comments
Scott Hale
Scott Hale

Hey Rich, I appreciate your thoughts on implementing Twitter-related skills into your resume. Your plan to show how one has used Twitter to their advantage is a really solid one. In fact, I'm considering using it. But I think there is another way to go with this. A way I used to think about quite a bit. I've only ever put my Twitter handle (@sjhalestorm) on my resume - no follow up - no explanation. Why? Because it forces me to think about what I post. I hand over a resume, I assume they'll be seeing my Twitter stream sometime. "Sometime" is vague, so I better be impressive at ALL times. At all times, what do my last 10-20 tweets say about me and my value to an employer? Just something to think about :)

Melissa
Melissa

I completely agree with you! If someone is using Twitter for professional purposes, they need to leverage that to demonstrate how they are adding value to their industry. One thing I would add is to include information about listings if they pertain to the job search -- the total number, the names of some of the lists that you have been put on, etc.

Vinay
Vinay

hey rich, very interesting point. I have never seen anything like this on a resume but times are a changing. And I'm sure now you've posted about it, every grad will start talking about how they are using twitter to take over the world!

AJ Kulatunga
AJ Kulatunga

Hey Rich! another drop of golden wisdom from you. Love it and totally agree with your points. A lot of people don't really quite understand how Twitter works and how to use it to enhance your job hunting endeavours and you've clearly outlined how to do that here. The only thing I would add is - be careful when publishing your twitter account details to potential employers. Iif you start swearing and tweeting all sorts of garbage then you'll do more harm than good...so just keep that in mind. I've got 2 twitter accounts linked to my websites so I know that whoever is looking at them instantly gets an idea of what I'm saying to the world so I'm conscious of that when I tweet all the time. Dream, Build, Inspire,Lead! AJ~

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Thanks for the thoughts here, Scott. Sorry i've been MIA. Took a little vacay and am just getting around to the computer again. Interesting suggestion. I think I'd feel weird not putting a suggestion, but maybe it does force myself to keep at it. Each industry may be different. Some industries do not use twitter at all, or may not even see it's use for them. This is where I see a gold mine. Explain how it can be used to benefit the industry you are in, and show them something they haven't seen.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Melissa - Thanks for your thoughts. Good point about listings. They are somewhat hard to explain, but hopefully the person reading the resume has an idea. Thanks for that, I should definitely make sure to remember that.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Vinay - I've only seen it minimally. It's not a bad idea if there is something valuable to show. Thanks for your comments, and I hope you've been well!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey AJ - Thanks for the comment! I agree, it's not always a great idea for everyone, so each person should decide if they want an employer checking in on them. Thanks for your thoughts!