Even though it meant missing what was surely another riveting “celebrity” performance on Dancing With The Stars, participating in CareerBuilder’s first ever Twitter chat for job seekers and recruiters was more than worth it. (No offense, Ralph Macchio.)
Using the hashtag #cbjobchat, anyone on Twitter was invited to follow and particpate in the chat led by @CareerBuilder. To begin the discussion, @CareerBuilder posed five different questions on the subject of résumés (last night’s theme) to job seekers and recruiters, and then let everybody offer their own advice and thoughts.
If you joined last night’s chat, thanks again for participating. We’re really excited by the turnout and the great conversations that came out of it. We’re hoping both job seekers and recruiters will benefit from these chats – and use them as a way to exchange advice and gain a better understanding of the other side’s perspective.
We’ll have the transcript of last night’s #cbjobchat posted soon, but here’s a quick recap of what was asked and some of the excellent answers we received. (Believe me, there are many more than can fit here.)
We asked job seekers:
- Do you include an objective on your résumé or use a professional summary instead?
“Personally I use a summary. For high schoolers, whom I’ve worked with in the past-I had them do really specific objectives.” – @srlaugtug
- Do you try to fit all of your expertise on 1 page or are you OK with it spilling into 2 pages?
“If e-mailing directly I do 2 pages. If ATS or online 1 page hitting keywords.” – @AshShute
- Is your résumé posted online? Why or why not?
“Yes my résumé is online because if I don’t post it then how do I expect recruiters/hiring managers to find me.” – @collegegraduate
- What does your résumé say about you? Or what do you hope it says about you?
“My résumé says what I want it to say to the employer Im applying to. Meaning, I tailor it to what they are looking for.” – @srlaugtug
- Do you include hobbies or other personal info on your résumé? Why or why not?
“Possibly include hobbies if related to the position you’re looking for, such as photography, painting, dancing.” – @miss_smiley10
We asked recruiters:
- What are your thoughts on objective vs. professional summary and which do you prefer?
“Objectives r usually a 2-3 line generic useless summary. Prof. Summary outlines strengths & career goals/interests. More useful” – @AshleyRecruits
- Does résumé length matter to you?
“Rules made to be broken. If content is relevant to employer needs, concise & interesting, then forget pg count-go for content” – @DawnBugni
- What are your biggest résumé turnoffs?
“Spacing & font should be consistent throughout. It shows lack of attention to detail if not.” – @justinhywood
- What are your thoughts about including hobbies and other personal info?
“Use common sense w hobbies, personal interests, volunteering > résumés. Relate to job? Include, making sure they point to specs.” – @AnneMessenger
If you missed out on last night’s chat, fear not: there are more to come in the future. In fact, we’ll be talking about résumés again on Wednesday, March 30, at 12 p.m. Central.
You can also follow @CareerBuilder to get updates and information about future chats, and feel free to offer any additional thoughts or suggest future #cbjobchat topics in the comments section below.Related