Job Seekers Beware – Tweeting Away Your Job

I’m Not Actually a Geek posted about a prospective Cisco employee tweeting her way out of a job:

A lucky job applicant tweeted the following:

Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.

This tweet caught the attention of Tim Levad, a channel partner advocate for Cisco. To which he responded:

Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.

My prosecutor friend, (who we’ll call “Prosecutor McCoy” in tribute to Law & Order’s assistant DA) asked why Twitter?  My wife, “Wonder Woman”, asked this same thing since Facebook status updates already serve this function.  The best answer to Prosecutor McCoy, who was concerned about a flood of mistrials ensuing b/c of juror tweeting (or “twitting” as he puts it), is that Tweeting serves our need to be heard, allowing us to broadcast ourselves in 140 characters, for our 15 minutes of fame.  As to Wonder Woman’s question, you get a 2 for 1 when tweeting b/c not only do you broadcast yourself outside of the Facebook silo, but Twitter will update your Facebook status for you – repurposing at it’s finest (I do not think that FB does the same for Twitter).

In the Cisco case, we see a definite example of diaria of the tweet.  Some things should not be broadcast, like how much you hate your employer, spouse, etc. unless you are willing to bear the consequence of the tweet. Good rule of thumb (which in today’s world refers to anything typed with a mobile device rather than it’s 18th century meaning), don’t tweet what you wouldn’t say directly to the subject of your tweet.  Unless you are prepared to tell your prospective employer you hate the work you are applying for – don’t tweet it – these things are public record.  Even private tweets can be published by others – so the best policy is Tweeter beware!

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