Justin Flitter

Marketer | TEDxAuckland Producer | Juggler

Justin Flitter | CMO | TEDxAuckland Producer | Juggler. Follow on Twitter @JustinFlitter

Only Twitter applications will be accepted for this job #recruitment

No resumes, only tweets. Some employers are now solely looking at how you interact online, who you interact with and how influential you are within your network.

"The paper résumé is dead," says Vala Afshar, chief marketing officer at the tech firm Enterasys Networks that is in the process of hiring a six-figure, senior social media strategist based on tweets. Afshar refuses to even look at résumés. "The Web is your résumé. Social networks are your mass references." source

For the next month, Enterasys — a  wireless network provider — will be  considering applicants for a six-figure senior social media position, but no paper résumés will be accepted. Instead, the company has decided to recruit solely via Twitter.

Jennifer Grabowski, a spokesperson for the company , said that candidates need to have  a minimum Klout score above 60, a   minimum Kred influence score of 725, a Kred outreach of at least eight, and more than 1,000 active Twitter followers in order to be considered. 

I appreciate that it's good to start with base level measurement like Klout, Kred and Peerindex etc but listening with intent could help filter out the fakers and help you learn more about each candidate.

  • Influence and engagement rates - how many reactions does the person get per post
  • Are they a thought leader sharing lots of resources and insights or a conversationalist or both i.e. What's their style online?
  • Are they engaged in conversations and topics relevant to your business/market/customer base. i.e. Are they naturally interested?
  • Could they get followers [people they know on and offline] to vouch for them or act as referees?
  • How clever are they at answering questions or finding resources to back up their opinions? How resourceful are they?

I love the transparency of recruiting through Twitter; people would be less likely to lie about their history and skills etc. 

Using hashtags is now super important to help employers and recruiters identify influencers within the relevant topics to them and see how influential you are within that space.

Resumes are boring, Tweets are not.

Would you use Twitter as the sole application mechanic for a job at your business?