It’s nearly October and end of term will be here before you know it!  Already students are starting to enquire about summer work or how to get a graduate job.  Many of you will have already heard the job hunting mantra….. Network, Network, Network!  Networking is important in the best of times, but in a […]

Since writing an earlier blog on using Twitter in your job hunt, I keep coming across evidence that this method of connecting with employers is steadily growing.  Scanning articles on Stuff earlier this month I came across an interesting article published by Business Day about tweeting your CV.  I guess I should have known it would be only a matter of time before CV tweets become a popular method of identifying both employers and employees.

So you think it’s difficult trying to get everything you want to say in a CV down to 3, maybe 4 pages?  How about trying to do it in 140 characters?

Earlier this month The Guardian reported that media executive Alan Geere asked budding reporters to apply for a job by tweet.  In his blog he said that he was fed up wading through piles and piles of awful CVs and Cover Letters.

Check out Greg Jericho on Twitter – http://twitter.com/#!/grogsgamut.  He has more than 9,000 followers including politicians, journalists and academics, and has attracted both praise and censure for his commentary.  In August this year he quit his job as a public servant and is soon to be working as a researcher for the new Chase project in Australia – The Hamster Wheel.  He credits Twitter with getting him the job – but…it took much more than just one tweet.

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twitter logoYou are what you tweet – and 140 characters can either make you or break you!

I was recently reading a blog post by Justin Flitter on ‘Is Twitter hurting your job search?’  Similar to very practical but often unheeded advice like not having silly voice mail messages  and  using inappropriate email addresses  when applying for jobs, Justin offers a quick Twitter checklist:
• Your @Name should be your actual name or close variation – employers don’t want to see things like @ImdaBizBomb
• Try not to use numbers or underscores if possible
• Your bio should be short, snappy, personal but sensible
• Your avatar photo should be of you –  should not show alcohol or cigarettes or anything remotely offensive
• The background image should be of something meaningful to you, or a professionally made image with your picture, contact details and digital points of contact

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Here at Vic Careers we have been discussing how to make better use of Twitter and decided that we all should make an effort and put more tweets out there. But what to tweet about? ‘Anything in relation to us’, was the reply. ‘Get their attention!’ Using social media to bring attention to yourself reminded me of some blogs I’d seen on […]