Micro blogs now a choice in job hunt

Updated: 2013-04-05 01:21

(China Daily)

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Micro blogs now a choice in job hunt

Putting your unique resume online to interact with head hunters and managers may get you closer to your goal, but it takes patience, Xu Lin finds out.

Like many people of her age, Zhou Meng, who is 22 and a recent university graduate, likes using her micro blog to record her daily life and communicate with others, but, it had never occurred to her that she might also use it to hunt for a job. Then came the inspiration, from people who were posting their resumes on Sina Weibo, and she decided to follow suit, in the hope of getting more people to see her work and even make some suggestions. So, Zhou got her resume together in a well-organized way, with all the information on her education, background, work experience and design work highlighted by a pretty graphic illustration skillfully designed to showcase her person and style, but still wasn't so sure.

She was looking for work as a user-interface designer, but, even though she majored in editing and publishing at South China University of Technology, she never studied design in class and was "self-taught and not sure about my professional level".

When Zhou found her resume was reposted 128 times in just four days since March 22, she was surprised. In her words, "I'm amazed that so many people support me and it really encouraged me. Now I know that I can succeed as long as I work hard."

Around seven or eight companies in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou showed an interest, so she's still waiting for further word.

In fact, more young people are now looking for jobs on micro blogs, by using some astonishingly creative, eye-catching resumes. And, in response, some companies have also started opening micro blog accounts to look for employees.

The CEO of Sina.com, Cao Guowei, announced in February that Sina Weibo had 503 million registered users by December.

Huang Lijun, 31, a senior member of the Teamtop Training Institute, in Guangzhou, says that the micro blog boom makes contacting human resources managers in various fields a lot easier, and they can provide the latest hiring information and even inspire applicants by interacting online.

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