Since I began using Twitter in 2009, I have made life changing friendships via social media. Many of these ‘friends’ have become professional colleagues, and personal friends.
Recently, I have discovered a great way to use tweets as ‘character references’ for my resume.
Twitter is the perfect place to gather character references from friends who tweet strong positive statements about you, and your expertise. Over the past few months, I have started collecting ‘screenshots’ of flattering tweets that are relevant to my art, blogging and social media careers. I can then use the screenshots of these special tweets when promoting myself, my social media seminars, art workshops, writing proposals for magazines, books and blogs, and other employment. These important digital character references add to my online and offline credibility ‘in real life’.
Nowadays, companies and prospective employers want to ‘meet you’ before they interview you. They care how well versed you are in your niche. Companies do this by viewing your social media profile picture, and checking out your tweets and other social accounts. According to the Wall Street Journal, instead of asking for résumés, companies now ask applicants to send links representing their “Web presence,” such as a Twitter account or Tumblr blog.
“A résumé doesn’t provide much depth about a candidate,” says Christina Cacioppo, of Union Square Ventures. “We are most interested in what people are like, what they are like to work with, how they think,” she says.
Below are a few examples of ‘character reference tweets’ I have collected from Topsy and Twitter. I’ve chosen some tweets from highly influential social media personalities, successful and prominent individuals in the creative industry, as well as a few fellow artists and bloggers. Please click on each tweet to find and follow these amazing and talented Twitter friends.
…and a screenshot of my Topsy profile.
Here’s how to take a screenshot:
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