On Monday night, we held our first Twitter chat for job seekers and recruiters under the hashtag #cbjobchat. Therefore, if you’re not already following @CareerBuilder, do it now so you don’t miss out on future chats. And if you joined in the fun, thanks for participating. It was so fun we’re still cleaning confetti out of our hair and finding balloons under our desks.
For those who missed out on it, you missed some great information. We posed five different questions about résumés to job seekers and recruiters, and then let everybody offer their own advice and thoughts. Job seekers got to see what recruiters think and the two interacted in a way that blogs or articles don’t allow.
We’ll have the transcript 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 the fun, fear not, we’ll be conducting these chats in the future. In fact, we’ll be talking about résumés again on Wednesday, March 30, at 12 p.m. Central.
In the meantime, make sure you’re following us on Twitter, and let us know what other topics you’d like to see us dovote a #cbjobchat to in the future.