As you might know, Beth Harte has been looking for a job for the past few months. Recently, she shared this feedback she had gotten from a recruiter:
“Remove all of your personal speaking, writing, blogging, and social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, SlideShare links, etc.) items from your resume. Companies don’t give a crap about that, they only care what you will do for them. Those items are red flags letting them know that you’ll request to be out of the office speaking or on Twitter all day and that you will not be helping to solve their day-to-day problems (i.e. tactical work).”
What do you think of this advice? And I especially want to hear from recruiters, feel free to email me if you don’t want to comment here, and I will be happy to post your thoughts anonymously. I am sure that most of us in the ‘social media fishbowl’ will gasp at this advice, but I would really like to see if this is the advice that recruiters are giving job applicants.
Now if Beth were 21 and fresh out of college and her only social media experience was creating a Facebook profile where she shared her photos of shoe shopping and frat parties, then yes, I could see not mentioning that. But Beth has active social media presences on Twitter, Facebook, her blog, that all work to establish Beth’s thought leadership when it comes to how businesses can leverage integrated marketing, social media, customer service, etc etc. Also, the fact that she has over 20K followers speaks volumes to her ability to build online communities.
But anyway, I wanted to ask recruiters if this is solid advice for job applicants. Should any job applicants be removing all social media activity from their resumes? And those of you that are also applying for jobs, what feedback are you getting from recruiters? As I told Beth, I can understand the recruiter saying she shouldn’t mention her speaking, but the removal of all social media activities floors me. I don’t think it should be the focus of her resume, but I also don’t think it should be deleted completely.
Recruiters, what do you think? Job applicants, what advice are recruiters and employers giving you about listing social media on your resume? And BTW, I don’t care what any recruiter says, if you need a smart marketer, you should definitely hire Beth!
UPDATE: We’ve had a few recruiters chime in with comments (Thanks guys!), and they seem to be agreeing with what the recruiter told Beth. I am wondering if part of it is simply social media having a negative perception as being only personal content? Beth creates business-oriented content on her blog and Twitter feed, so I would think that would have value for businesses that need someone who can connect with these same people.
So to ask a slightly different question to recruiters: If Beth didn’t have ANY social media accounts/presences, but did have a business newsletter that was aimed at CMOs and brand managers that had 50,000 subscribers, should she mention that on her resume?