Texting your Job Application

July 8, 2009

Do you think you could sum up your skills, successes and qualifications in 160 characters or less?

A company in Wales is asking applicants for just that.

Check it out here if it piques your interest: U want a job? Txt us, sez mobile phone co

I actually find the idea fascinating- a super short elevator pitch. What I love about the idea is that the applicants can’t use filler words or marketing jargon. You have to be succinct and stand out immediately.

In my life as a recruiter, too often cover letters are full of rambling sentences and overused terms that make my eyes glaze over. I always look for the key words or phrases that tell me why I should keep reading. With a submission this short, I can see the “why” in a fraction of the time.

I love the idea and am thinking of suggestion submissions via Twitter now. Let’s take it down to 140 characters!

Could you do it?

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