Send a high-fly­ing re­sume

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JOB­SEEK­ERS can spend days por­ing over the word­ing of a re­sume – but an el­e­vated pitch broad­cast to the world in less than 140 char­ac­ters on Twit­ter could be the key to se­cur­ing that dream job.

While still in its in­fancy, the use of ‘‘ twe­sumes’’ and video re­sumes is be­com­ing more com­mon, par­tic­u­larly in in­dus­tries that re­quire good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills and are per­son­al­ity-driven, such as hos­pi­tal­ity, re­tail, mar­ket­ing and cus­tomer ser­vice.

Re­cruit­ment firm Em­ploy­ment Of­fice says a writ­ten re­sume will al­ways serve a pur­pose but a two-minute video can re­veal a per­son’s cul­tural fit while fol­low­ing some­one’s Twit­ter pro­file can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on a per­son’s life.

‘‘ The time an em­ployer takes with a re­sume varies greatly, a huge per­cent­age go un­read com­pletely,’’ says gen- eral man­ager Tu­dor Mars­denHug­gins. ‘‘ With a twe­sume, a job­seeker can in­tro­duce him­self and en­gage with an em- ployer in less time than a tra­di­tional re­sume and cover let­ter could ever man­age.’’

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