Twitter Users “More Likely To Get Job Interviews”

Twitter Users “More Likely To Get Job Interviews”

Posted by Martin Bryant on July 1st, 2010

If we had £1 for every press release we receive that’s based around a survey we’d be extremely rich indeed. That said, this one is actually of interest. Apparently, Twitter users write better CVs and are more likely to be shortlisted for job interviews than the average jobhunter.

A report out today indicates that using Twitter trains people to be succinct in their writing, leading to interesting, eyecatching and short CVs which appeal to recruiters.

Professor Cary Cooper CBE, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University Management School agrees with the study, which was carried out by analysing 500 UK CVs.  He said: “When reviewing CVs for the first time, employers may only ever see candidates’ short summaries, so a jobseeker with a standard, dull or uninteresting personal synopsis is less likely to be shortlisted.”

Is it Twitter use that trains people to write more succinctly, or does Twitter actually attract better writers in the first place? Professor Cooper seems to think the latter is true.

“Candidates who are innovative and novel in their use of language and identify themselves in a non-formulaic way are more likely to be people who use Twitter, or have their own blog. (Their) CV summary is more likely to be snappy, interesting and, ultimately, attention-grabbing.

“Twitter users more readily think about, and use, clever key words and they’re probably more expressive in an abridged style – the art of ‘getting to the point’ is not lost on people who Tweet.”

If you’re a jobhunter who uses Twitter, consider this story an ego boost. MyJobGroup.co.uk, the company that conducted the study is currently running a competition running to write your entire CV in the space of a tweet.

About the Author

Martin Bryant is based in Manchester, UK. A co-founder of the city’s monthly Social Media Cafe events and award-winning blogger, he is Digital Content Editor for Marketing Manchester. His main interests are developments in the social web that relate to the mobile and music industries. Twitter, Personal site

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Students looking towards your UCAS application process may find this article of interest. I know of people who have actually used twitter at their job interviews to show that they are part of a worldwide network of professionals. Being ‘connected’ is increasingly important in academia and business, but most students I know use social networking almost exclusively for leisure purposes, rather than using it as a powerful tool for learning.

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