How-to: Sell Yourself in 140 Characters

Obama tweeting By Pete Souza ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSell yourself in 140 characters – the paper CV is dead.

As companies rate potential employees on their online presence, you need to tweak your Twitter CV…

Social media sites aren’t just a way to get fired, but a great way to get hired, too. One company, Enterasys, is spurning paper CVs in favour of determining what candidates offer in 140 characters or less. They have been looking for a candidate with over a thousand followers who can inspire others to action with one tweet.

Recruiters can now see how professional – or unprofessional – people are by scanning the sum total of their tweets, and one employer, Poppy Dinsay, is beginning to ask candidates to include their twitter profiles with their applications. She is looking for three traits: originality, understanding and restraint. So take a look at your Twitter feed as an employer or recruiter might see it – what does the sum total of your tweets say about you?

[adapted from an article by Rosamund Urwin, the Metro, 26/02/13]

Related: How-to: Highlight Core Employability Skills

Image credit: Obama tweeting By Pete Souza ( [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

About Philippa Hammond

Speaking Well In Public offers a portfolio of public speaking courses for business, performance and social occasions designed and developed by Philippa Hammond, combining her skills and techniques as an award-winning trainer, working actor and voice artist. Philippa is a member of Equity and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.


2 thoughts on “How-to: Sell Yourself in 140 Characters

  1. I weary for the shortening attention span of the world. When will 140 characters become too many?

    Posted by Milton Malley | March 13, 2013, 4:04 am
  2. Not quite how the headline pitches it, but worth thinking about now we’re all Attention Deficit suffers.

    Posted by Rie Suma | March 19, 2013, 3:48 pm

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