Monday, August 16, 2010
Nearly 20 million people visit Twitter regularly. Among these 20 million are friends, family, industry experts, the media, celebrities, and yes...employers. The land of tweets, RT's, DM's, @usernames, followers, and trending topics is exciting - but it can be dangerous when it comes to your job.
Social media is changing the way employers recruit, and Twitter is no exception. Like it or not, employers are present on Twitter and they are keeping tabs on employees and prospective employees alike.
There are plenty of instances where Twitter has gotten people in trouble in the workplace. At JobBound, we recommend that you maintain Twittetiquette, or etiquette while you are on Twitter. This means maintaining professionalism and understanding that anything you tweet could be seen by the entire world. Here are five tips:
1. Don't use Twitter at work - unless it is for work.
Don't abuse your company social media policy, and certainly don't proceed to Tweet about how you violated the policy.
2. Don't Tweet about work issues or the people you work with.
Chances are, your boss or your client, or someone who knows your boss or client, is on Twitter. Twitter makes the world a lot smaller, and Tweets like these could create a whole lot of problems.
3. Don't share too many details.
At the onset, this might seem like an acceptable, celebratory Tweet. However, your co-workers could see this and be miffed that they did not get a raise. Maintain confidentiality when it comes to matters of compensation, especially on Twitter.
4. Don't air dirty laundry or blow off steam.
That "witch" of a boss writes your paycheck, so don't out her on Twitter. Swearing or expressing distaste about work or a co-worker not only makes you look bad, but also it makes the company look bad.
5. Recognize that more than just your friends see your tweets.
Failing a drug test or sleeping at work are not the best ways to showcase and brand yourself. Don't Tweet anything that you wouldn't want displayed on the front page of the New York Times.
Bottom line: Make the best of this tool by networking, sharing relevant articles, keeping up on news, and engaging in PG correspondence with your friends and family. Just don't put anything on Twitter that you wouldn't want the world to see. This includes your boss or future boss. Remember, when it comes to Twitter, you are what you tweet!
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