James Mayes

Tweeting for work – The good, the bad & the ugly!

In Recruitment, Social Media, Twitter on May 18, 2010 at 3:54 pm

So as you may know, we had our second child recently. It’s kept me away from the blogosphere and I’ve been trying to find the time to get back in there. I caught up with a few of my regular favourites over the last couple of evenings, and earlier today, stumbled across a piece from @imjustagoyle.

She wrote here about use of grammar & language when people are tweeting in search of employment. I thought I’d take it on a step from there and look at actual content. I’ll admit I didn’t spend much time on this, but boy did I find some corkers! Twitter names removed for obvious reasons.

First, the people you’ll never hire:

“Just got an email about a new job opportunity w/ the FBI that would put me closer to home & friends. Getting it is a long shot but I’ll try.” – Just a hunch, but I’m guessing the FBI would rather hire people who could demonstrate discretion. Even if it’s not a hiring criteria for the role in question, does the candidate KNOW that at this stage?

“Phone interview for a job I don’t even want! I’d rather be out in the sun!” – Any need to comment? Really?

“I already know I’m going to regret it, but I’m taking on a job I don’t want, for a person I don’t like, because the money is good.” – Please, if you absolutely must do something for the wrong reasons, don’t broadcast the fact – unless you want your first day induction to be really uncomfortable when they start talking about company values and cultural fit.

“Hm got woken up a few min ago by a call to see if I was interested in interviewing for a coaching job. Already have one but said yes anyway” – again, do you really think you should be representing yourself in this way?

“I’m applying for every other job on monster right now.” – Way to go. The ‘spray and pray’ approach is still alive and well.

“Damn I’m late already… I clearly can’t have a job that depends on me being timely” – nothing to add here!

Second, some positive examples that shone through:

“Job interview 1 of 2 this week is complete. Went well, awesome company, hope I get it!” – I hope you put your Twitter ID on your CV –great way of showing your commitment post-interview.

“Day 2 of temp job! Yesterday was great, plus I met my new teammates of my new venture, more on that later! Hope you all have a great day” – If you want them to offer you the post permanently, this certainly won’t hurt.

And finally, someone who is undoubtedly comfortable in his/her current role. This tweet has no real relevance to this post… it just seemed a good way to round off!

“You know you have a cool job when spend your morning cleaning up pig blood and you stare at preserved frogs on your desk.”

  1. James,

    Some diamonds here! But I have to wonder what search criteria you were using th find some of these??

    Andy

  2. Good post, James! We cannot impress upon job seekers enough that the world is listening.

    Jessica
    @blogging4jobs

  3. Ha! It’s excruciating, isn’t it? Some of the comments I’ve seen on Facebook by people who hate their jobs are even worse. Dear me

  4. Now James, if you could just have a chat with my nephews!! Fabulous post, thanks.

  5. Just seen a similar post by Bill Boorman, looking at people who have a job but don’t much like it… Worth reading! http://recruitingunblog.wordpress.com/2012/03/26/hatemyboss-hatemyjob-warning-contains-real-tweets/

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