A regional editor is asking would-be reporters to send him 140-character job applications via Twitter.
Essex Chronicle boss Alan Geere says he is fed-up with wading through “turgid” letters of application and over-long CVs.
In an advert for junior and senior reporters posted on HTFP today, he is asking candidates to send in applications by tweeting him @alangeere.
“I’m fed up wading through turgid ‘letters of application’ and monstrous CVs outlining an early career in retail handling and a flirtation with the upper slopes of the Andes,” he said.
“I want reporters who can find stories that no-one else has got and write them quickly and accurately.
“That’s why in my latest recruitment ad potential recruits have to respond via Twitter. They’ve got 140 characters to tell me what they can do and why I should consider them.
“I keep getting told there is an over-supply of qualified people wanting to do journalism. Well, maybe there is but there’s definitely not an over-supply of people who are any good.”