Because I interact with hundreds of recruiters through HealthcareITCentral.com, I frequently receive unsolicited resumes from Healthcare IT job seekers. If there’s not a current job posting that matches their experience, I'll make an introduction if I think a specific employer or recruiter would be interested in their talents. Happy to do it. Typically, I also send the job seeker a link to the Twitter 101 series, because I so strongly believe the in the power of Social Media to bridge gaps and make new connections – key components in a successful job search.
Now to be clear, I don’t personally vouch for these candidates. I simply make an introduction if I think the needs and talents might be a good fit. However, because I leverage relationships on both sides to make this connection, I do assume the candidates will conduct themselves in a professional manner. But. . . we all know what happens when you assume, right? Right. So imagine my chagrin this Monday morning when I happened to see the following Tweet from the candidate side of an introduction made last week:
“Trying to get focused, but MAN I HATE MONDAYS!!!!”
Okay, let’s face it. We all hate Mondays. But that is not what a potential employer needs to hear a potential employee trumpet across the Internet as the week begins. Unfortunately, this is not the first time I’ve cringed as I’ve followed the Tweets of my job-seeking colleagues. To me the importance of maintaining a professional demeanor online seems painfully obvious, but perhaps the casual vibe of Twitter lulls otherwise intelligent business professionals into a false sense of . . . stupidity. So, in no particular order, here are some samples of the types of Tweets (based on actual Tweets from this morning) you need to keep to yourself if you ever dream of landing a lucrative, rewarding, and professional career opportunity:
1. “ Locked out of my house! WTF?!”
Okay, getting locked out of your own house is highly frustrating, and a quick Tweet to your followers would most likely yield some well-deserved empathy, and quite possibly some clever solutions. However . . .
Message sent: Candidate is careless, unorganized, and has a tendency to publicly drop the f-bomb, which could indicate an anger management problem or a propensity for unprofessional language.
2. “Project for the week: get my mojo back (I've gotten wicked undisciplined)”
Who can stay 100% focused all of the time? We all lose our mojo now and then. And a Tweet like this one would result in some great “Dude, I hear you man!” responses. However . . .
Message sent: If the candidate is currently unemployed, the fact that s/he has become “wicked undisciplined” is a huge red flag – who wants an unfocused future employee? If the candidate is currently employed, this is even worse – who wants an unfocused employee on company time?
3. “I don't hate my boss, just my manager - fake, stupid cow...
I’ve actually had a manager who fit this description to a “T.” Bet you have, too. And it’s great that this Twitterer is selective about who they choose to hate at work. However . . .
Message sent: Bottom line here is, it’s just never a good idea to bad-mouth your employer or co-workers. Not now, not ever. And to bad-mouth them online, in a public forum that is archived? Now who’s the stupid cow?