So you ventured into Twitter, what next? Before you start tweeting, it is important to think carefully about how to present yourself in this very public timeline. I recently viewed a series of tweets that looked something like this:
- so pissed off ....and it's only 8:30am.
- head hurts.
- is so bored at work.
- just got out of the most dull meeting in the world.
- finished my lunch, back to work.
- checking out what's up in facebook.
- get me out of here, 30 minutes until work is over.
My first reaction to this series of tweets was "WOW --- what a downer!" I know we all have our days when we wake up on the wrong side of the bed, but Twitter is not the venue to vent about every frustrating experience, especially if you are a potential job candidate.
In Avelyn Austin's blogpost entitled How to Google Bomb Yourself, she advises Twitter users to "Twitter Tastefully" by ensuring that tweets are employer appropriate. Whether you are on the job market or not, ask yourself two important questions before you tweet:
- Do I want my employer, or a potential employer, to read my tweet?
- Is my tweet a result of a highly negative emotion (you might regret it)?
Twitter asks "What are you doing?" in the dialog box, but avoid using that opportunity to complain. Instead of a constant stream of negativity, aim for tweets that are relevant, engaging, original, and uplifting. You are more likely to gain a stream of like-minded followers and you are more likely to land a job when you think before you tweet.