How & Why Build a Twitter Resume

April 22, 2009 by  

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“Twitter, Twitter, all you write about is Twitter! What has Twitter ever done for you?”

Well…I got a job! For those experiencing the joys of unemployment in this economy, you understand, that’s no small thing!

Job Hunt in ’09

The job search today has changed evolved.  While putting your resume on a t-shirt might be “cute”, it’s probably not the most effective tool out there. However, the internet has introduced so many tools (listing services, resume tools, networking sites, etc.) that it’s hard to know where to be.  

I say the job search has evolved because, while we have all these shiny new tools, the fundamentals of finding a job remains the same: convey your value to employers searching for talent. Over and over I learn that, even though credentials and experience are essential, often actually finding a job is, “more about who you know that what you know!”

The People You Want to Know

Looking back at the best career moves I’ve made, all of them came, not through an application on Monster or even a headhunting recruiter, they’ve come through connections: people I knew growing up, knew from school, church, or work. Some individuals are fortunate enough to have vast personal networks they’ve gained from business school, or well connected families.  Some are not. Have you ever thought about how small your world truly is? For some of us, it can be depressing how few people we interact with on a regular basis. Extending beyond that circle of friends and acquaintances can be difficult.

Enter Twitter.

I’ve shared this quote from my friend Jordan Brown (@jordanbrown) before, “LinkedIn is for people that I’ve worked with. Facebook is for people I knew in school and growing up. Twitter is for people that I want to know.”  That is a good portion of why I use Twitter. I’ve been able to build out a Twitter network that extends to every point on the globe and into tremendous varieties of lifestyles and expertise.

With the coming of Oprah (@oprah) and the hoopla surrounding Ashton Kutcher (@aplusk) hitting a million followers, Twitter is on the cusp of widespread adoption by the mainstream. There has already been enough marketers spammers gaming Twitter for the most followers. The prospect of even wider reach will only exaserbate the problem. The question becomes increasingly important: “Why should I follow you?” 

How to Use Twitter Favorites as a Twitter Resume

Everyone has their criteria that they run through to determine who is follow-worthy: number of updates, followers, first page of tweets, link & bio. Here is a tip I picked up that might help from online media strategist, Ari Herzog (@ariherzog):

Step One: Mark all tweets that endorse you with the “favorite this update” feature. Anything thats shows the value you provide to your followers, highlight the star. 

The tweets that you’ve favorited are accessible to anyone who visits your profile. A page full of recommendations makes the decision of whether or not to follow you a little easier.  I like this because it makes meaningful #followfriday mentions more valuable. This isn’t a widely known practice and it’s probably going to be overlooked unless you specifically draw attention to it.

Step Two: Promote your favorites page either in your bio or in your Twitter background. I recommend using your Twitter background so you can maximize the limited characters in your bio, particularly since that text is searchable.

What other things do you look for when deciding to follow someone?
Is this something that would help persuade you?

Update: If you are going to go creative with your resume, don’t do a t-shirt, do something like these:
30 Artistic & Creative Resumes


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8 Responses to “How & Why Build a Twitter Resume”

  1. Darrell Marsh on April 22nd, 2009 1:44 pm

    Hey Ryan,
    Great article and idea on Twitter Resume. I love the idea of favorites and you really shed light on it. It was not something that I had given much consideration to. Thanks for the great article!

  2. Ari Herzog on April 22nd, 2009 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, Ryan. Glad to hear (and see) that I’m not a nonsensical idiot, but folks like you find my babble meaningful.

    But, how come you didn’t like to the article where those “steps” came from?

    Ari Herzogs last blog post..On College Porn and Money, the Policy Way

  3. Dave Miller on April 24th, 2009 5:36 pm

    Hey Ry,

    Excellent article. You’re new generation of thinking about job recruitment and discovery is cutting edge. Keep developing your thoughts. I enjoy reading them

  4. Ryan on April 28th, 2009 10:28 am

    @Ari Honestly, I wasn’t aware that you had already wrote about it!

    Everyone be sure to give Ari some love, he IS the originator of this idea. I only hope that I may have complemented it with calling attention to this usage in your Twitter background.

  5. Ari Herzog on April 30th, 2009 9:29 pm

    Actually, no. As I mentioned in the TwiTip piece, Marcel LeBrun of Radian6 is the originator–to my knowledge, anyway. But thanks. :)

    Ari Herzogs last blog post..Guest Video Post by Marc Meyer: Patience, Participation, and Engagement

  6. Ryan on May 1st, 2009 3:02 pm

    Me: Foot –> Mouth

    Love ya Ari!

  7. Sports Fan 4 on May 8th, 2009 7:58 pm

    Wow, this is great idea! I’ve been wondering about a good use for the twitter favorites section and this is a superb one. So far I’ve used it to save tweets to refer to later but using it as a recommendations section is brilliant!

  8. Nate Moller on December 19th, 2009 10:17 am

    Great post about how to use Twitter effectively for connecting. Thanks for the tips.

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