By now, many employers think that who you are online is more revealing of your character than a résumé. Some companies have even decided to stop accepting paper résumés altogether.
One such company is Enterasys, the wireless network provider, that decided to recruit a six-figure senior social media position solely via Twitter last month.
Joe Budzienski has done just that with Gozaik, a free social web application recently launched in Beta that basically uses aggregated technology to dissect Twitter for job openings and releases this information to Gozaik users who can then apply for the jobs using their Gozaik résumés. This will work in much the same way as when you send someone a link to your LinkedIn profile.
“There’s been a lot of talk in the past year for candidates to seek out employers and employers to do the same, but there was no way to allow [Twitter] users to expose themselves outside of 140 characters,” Budzienski tells us. “It seems so simple and you wonder why no one’s created something yet that allows employers to communicate with [job seekers] on Twitter.”
Budzienski says two of the biggest problems in the job market today is that “recent graduates and young professionals seriously struggle to express how they’ll be able add value to a workplace” and that there’s no “easy apply option with a multimedia resume.”
So how does it work? It takes about 15 minutes for new users to create a Gozaik resume, which is a “series of mosaic-style tiles,” that includes sections for an introductory video, academic achievements, skills, recommendations, photographs, art, awards, volunteer experiences, and social media handles. Here’s what a Gozaik profile will look like:
Then, once users find a job opening they’re interested in, they can tweet to the employer with a link to their Gozaik profile. A screenshot of an example is below:
With Gozaik, Budzienski says that job seekers will be able to stand out in the competitive job market by showing employers not just their skill sets, but also providing a look into their personality and who they are as individuals, because “a paper résumé isn’t going to do that for you any more.”
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