What Your CV Needs To Stand Out, According To A Twitter HR Senior

What’s the most interesting way you’ve ever applied for a job? How about sending it in a single tweet?

A lot of us, interestingly, have turned to Twitter when searching for a new job. 

#jobfairy is consistently one of the most used hashtags in Ireland and according to research, 70% of 18-24 year-olds feel that CVs don’t allow them to show employers who they really are. 

Twitter Dublin took that and ran with it last month as they launched their #OneTweetCV, inviting jobseekers to share their CV in a unique way: through one tweet.

The virtual CVs were created in a myriad of ways, including polls, GIFs, videos, photos, and Twitter Moments.

Winners got exclusive access to Twitter’s Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) HQ in Dublin via a full-day of work experience. 

We spoke to Anne Kiely, EMEA Lead HR Business Partner for Twitter, to find out more.

"We at Twitter are interested in public conversation. We're also interested in seeing how young people are looking for jobs," she says. 

"I've worked in HR now for 20 years and in that time I've seen the default CV morph into many different things, yet still, people feel that the average CV doesn't portray them the way they wish to. 

"With this initiative, Twitter is encouraging job seekers to engage in the job-hunting process by using a variety of 280 characters, GIFs, threads or moments."

She reveals that the idea started off as a fun opportunity for job seekers to discover new ways in which to market themselves, but soon realised that the undertaking serves of a personal benefit as it shows her the sort of people who would be interested in applying to Twitter. 

"When interviewing people for a job, I personally look for a broad range of skills and experiences. Even for those just out of school, if your CV tells me that you were captain of the hockey team or head of debating, I know that you are willing to try new things, work hard and lead a team.

"In the tech world especially, we are always looking for people who are resilient, agile and experienced."

As for women who are looking to get started in the tech world, Anne says not to be intimidated. 

"We're so aware of how the world of work – especially in the tech world – is changing so fast. Our MD Sinéad McSweeney was just saying how her job didn't even exist a couple of years ago! For those interested in exploring a career in tech, go for it.

"We need people of all capabilities such as languages and management. It's not a gender-based thing at all, we need people to fill all sorts of roles."

For more examples of virtual CVs, click here

Main image by @weworewhat

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