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Types of Tweets You Need To Keep To Yourself (If You Want To Get Hired)

July 6, 2009
by Gwen Darling
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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?




I agree - this is very sound advice. And with sites like Twitter so commonly used, it's important to get a little reminder every once in a while that many, many people are going to read your Tweets. So if it's something you don't want passed around (and hanging there for all to see), keep that tweet to yourself!

Gwen: Somehow people using Twitter don't stop to think about how their Tweets are stored (forever) on the Internet and a quick Google search can (and will) uncover the image and messages they send thru the airwaves for all to see. It never ceases to amaze me at some of the Tweets coming from professionals with really stellar backgrounds for the world to read. Good advice for anyone using such an outstanding social media tool. Tweeter Beware...