“Twitter Resume” Required for Six-Figure Job

7 Mar

Enterasys, a wireless network provider, has new job opening for a social media position that pays six figures. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the company wants it to be filled by someone who knows how to work social media sites like Twitter. More surprising, though, is the fact that Enterasys has chosen to only accept what they’re calling a “Twitter resume.”

To qualify for the job, applicants must have a minimum Klout score of more than 60, a Kred influence score over 725, a Kred outreach of 8 or more, and over 1,000 Twitter followers. No paper resumes will be considered.

“The paper résumé is dead,” said Vala Afshar, who is Enterasys’ chief marketing officer. “The Web is your résumé. Social networks are your mass references.”

Enterasys is still in the minority, since most companies still use a paper résumé in addition to social media. But that minority is slowly growing, and soon it might be the norm for job recruiters to solely use social media sites like Twitter as a tactic. LinkedIn is also growing in importance, since it is a professionally centered social media site rather than personal.

Those wanting to work in positions that require a Web presence would do well to start early, build up an audience, and even set up Google alerts for their names. For Twitter users, the use of jargon and keywords that are industry specific can give a competitive edge that others may not have.

When people search for you, what do they see? If you’re looking to go into social media management, digital media, or any other Web-presence type jobs, they should see something that has to do with you. These days, being a well-known blogger, tweeter, or contributor is the best way to build credibility on the web.


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