Ohio University Office of Career Services

Résumés and Social Media by Kristine Hoke
July 8, 2010, 11:53 am
Filed under: From the Staff, Job Search | Tags: , ,

It seems that just about everyone these days have multiple social media accounts that are used in various ways from blogging about professional and educational endeavors to sharing photos with friends and relatives.  So where does social media come into the job search?  Should you include social media networking information on your résumé?  Consider the following:

LinkedIn: It may be a good idea to reference your LinkedIn address at the top of your résumé so that employers may connect with you, gain further information and learn about your extended connections.  This is a professional site and can prove your skills networking with others in a business perspective, if you participate in discussions and post information.

Twitter: You may reference Twitter but be wary about simply listing your Twitter address.  Rather, reference the type of information that you post about.  The same holds true for blogs.  Providing a link so that employers can read your blog may be helpful.

Facebook:  If you use Facebook to stay connected to friends and relatives, do not include this on your résumé.  A résumé is not the place for friendly interactions.

Stick to including only professional social media on your résumé.  This can show employers how you tie social media into your professional life.  Choose to include only the media where you are most active and provide information on your résumé that lets employers know you understand them and how to utilize them to disseminate information.

— Heather Pittman, Assistant Director


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