Yes, it has become an acknowledged fact that using LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. to conduct your job search and network elevates your chances considerably. It has also become an unwritten rule for HR personnel to navigate through these channels for best candidates while using the traditional route of resumes received through email, etc.
However, to list Tweeting as a skill is still not okay.
If you used Facebook to land your present job, it’s okay to mention that in the interview to show your networking skills.
But it is not okay to list it as your foremost skill on a resume.
As executives, Generation Y resumes probably don’t come across your desk as often as they do for your team and subordinates.
Eventually though, as they gain experience in the workforce and begin their corporate climb, these resumes will begin appearing on your desk. Would you consider it acceptable, then, to interview “an excellent Facebooker” or a “highly skilled Tweeter”?
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Aman Singh is an Editor with Vault and works with Fortune 500 companies on reporting their diversity recruitment strategies and initiatives.
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