Let’s add Twitch streaming to your resume by defining your streamer job title and job description, then spice it up with the data to prove your worth!
You’ve mastered a lot of skills running your own channel that will impress a potential employer. You just have to frame them in a way that will grab the eyes of a recruiter, and that means showing them how your streamer skills will boost their bottom line.
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There are 3 key points to line us up for success here, and we’ll go into detail for each one.
Number one: Even if you make no money at all, Twitch streaming is a business! We’re going to learn how to define your Job Title and Description as a streamer.
Number two: Metrics SELL. Knowing the right metrics to show your drive and value to a potential employer is essential.
Number three: It’s more than just the streaming. You have platform knowledge, hardware knowledge, marketing skills, and more that go into any Twitch channel. We’ll find the right place to highlight those.
But, before we even get started with resume building at all, let’s talk about what comes before that:
What jobs can you get with Twitch experience?
The answer: Quite a few! Anything in the realm of marketing, communications, social media and community management, even video and live event production–you have the skills! Look for things like “Social Media Manager,” “Community Manager,” “Content Marketing,” and any permutations thereof.
Once you find a position, or a few, that are saying “dream job” to you, let’s get to work!
First, let’s define your streamer job title.
With the flexibility to define your own role, you can tailor your job title to the position you’re applying for. For example, here at Geeks Who Get Paid, I use “Owner & Creative Director,” to show that I am not only the leader of my own platform but the creative mind behind the content.
You can consider things like, “Independent Content Creator, “Digital Media Specialist,” even “Director of Community.” Try mixing and matching to convey the breadth of what you do.
If none of these resonate with you, try taking a look at job boards on sites like LinkedIn and Indeed. Enter a keyword that aligns with what you want to do, like “Community” or “Social Media” and see what comes up. You can use those to inspire your own job title.
It’s also possible that using more Twitch-specific terms could be a benefit, for example, if the job involves using the platform somehow. Then, you can consider “Twitch Partnered Streamer” or “Independent Creator at Twitch.tv.” But, use these if you know your potential employer will know and appreciate what that means.
Quick note: When choosing the “employer” for your newly selected job title, don’t just put “Twitch.tv.” We don’t want people thinking that Twitch employed you. Instead, I would recommend either using “Self-Employed” or using the name of your channel/platform.
Next, your Twitch streamer job description!
What did you do for your channel? Since you can’t just say “everything,” let’s break it down, keeping in mind that we want to highlight the things that will bring value to the business where you’re applying. Consider things like:
- Designed and executed weekly video stream content on Twitch.tv.
- Edited and published weekly video content to YouTube and other social media outlets
- Built and maintained an engaged social media following
- Graphic design and promotional marketing to drive live event attendance
If you’re a partnered streamer and have subscribers, have sponsors of any kind, or have some form of income like a Patreon account, your options grow! Something like:
- Designed and executed a successful monthly subscription model and associated sales funnel
- Built and maintained a unique content strategy for paying subscribers
- Built a steady monthly income stream with X brand affiliate partners
So, now we have an impressive job history at your own business!
Now, time to prove how impressive you are with the data to back it all up.
Let’s select a few of the bullet points above and really round out our job description. I’ll use myself as an example.
Owner and Creative Director at Geeks Who Get Paid
Role and Responsibilities:
- Designed and executed weekly video stream content on Twitch.tv for a subscriber base of 1,200.
- Edited and published weekly video content to YouTube and other social media outlets, resulting in an average of 10% channel growth MoM.
- Built and maintained a unique content strategy for paying subscribers resulting in a 95% retention rate.
Not everything needs a number behind it. Skills like graphic design or video production are valuable all on their own, while your ability to grow an audience or income may need some data proof. As a best practice, add proof wherever you can.
Sometimes you may feel like your numbers aren’t terribly impressive. Bragging that you broadcast to an average viewership of 3 may not feel good. But, if you had 3 viewers 6 months ago and today you get 15–that’s a 500% increase! See where I’m going with this?
Resumes are all about making you look your best. So, find and present the best data to highlight your strengths. If the numbers don’t do you justice, leave them out! But, try to have at least 1 or 2 data points you’re proud of.
Where do you find that data, you ask?
Most of the platforms you use to run your channel already have a metrics dashboard you can tap into. Check out this detailed article on the Twitch Creator Camp site to learn how to interpret your Channel Analytics.
Similarly, YouTube has an article that helps you understand the metrics available to you through YouTube Studio.
All social media sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram have metrics available too. All you have to do is grab the most impressive ones!
Finally, let’s add in all of those important extra streamer skills.
Most resumes have a “Relevant Skills” section where you list the relevant software, hardware, and technical skills you have relevant to the job. Twitch streaming takes a lot of skills in a lot of areas, so cherry-pick the best ones for the job you’re applying to. Here are some ideas:
Marketing / Social Media:
- Social media scheduling platforms like Hootsuite
- Graphic design solutions like Photoshop or Canva
- Analytics tools like Google Analytics
- Monetization tools like Patreon or Amazon Affiliates
- Video production skills and software like Final Cut; OBS, etc.
- Graphic design software.
You get the idea.🙂 No need to list anything and everything. Just the items you know will really perk the ears of a recruiter!
And that’s that! Of course, this is only a small section of a full resume. Now it’s your turn to fill in the rest.
If you’d like more resume tips for including other hobbies or crafting a bomb executive summary, let me know in the comments! I’d love to talk about it more.
For now, go forth and rock some job interviews!