What is it with people and their Facebook rants anyway? As a former career coach, I have explained to people – over and over – to NEVER, EVER say nasty things about others on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform. In fact, I’m pretty sure that my standard advice is to never say anything nasty, period. At all. I wrote about this pretty extensively here on this very site in this career advice article.
But there ya go. Yet another disgruntled person posted something about how she “wished” to get fired. Wow. So, I guess the boss saw it and pretty much said, “Fine. You’re wish is my command. You’re done here bucko.” The person was fired, thanks to that great post on Facebook.
How is it even remotely possible that people are still being so naive about this? Do they still honestly think they can continue writing stuff like this on public sites and expect to advance in their careers?
Or, since I’m on the subject, and on my own rant, how about people who use cuss words in their posts and updates? I may be old-fashioned… no. Strike that. I AM old-fashioned. Old-fashioned in the sense that I still believe that certain things are “right” and certain things are “wrong” when it comes to manners, and I think that displaying good manners in social media forums is wise. Not just for keeping our jobs, but for keeping our self-respect as well.
I’m not saying we shouldn’t voice opinions – I’m just saying that we should be polite and civil. Save the arguments for when you meet up with someone in private.
Frankly, I don’t blame the boss. If I were a boss and saw my employee say that in public, I’d fire her or him as well.
Although I have an account on Facebook, I’m not terribly active on the platform (note: I do have a page these days on Facebook for one of my companion sites. I’d love to see you over there! Personal Transformation With CASedge) . It makes me cringe when I see posts that bash other people’s religious or political beliefs. I kind of look at Facebook as a cocktail party gone bad – where, instead of refraining from talking about sports, politics and religion, that’s ALL some people tend to talk about without considering the audience. And, when it comes to maintaining a professional profile if you want to get or keep a job, it really is best to avoid certain topics.
A good rule of thumb might be to consider whether or not you would be ok if your boss (or your mother or father) were to read your post.
Another good rule of thumb before posting something is to consider the classic “4-way test” made famous by the Rotary Club:
1. “Is it the truth?”
2. “Is it fair to all concerned?”
3. “Will it build goodwill and better friendships?”
4. “Will it be beneficial to all concerned?”
So, even if the boss IS a jerk (the “truth” in someone’s mind), I’m guessing that saying so in a public forum probably doesn’t meet the criteria for the other 4 statements.
Obviously, it’s a free country, and someone can say whatever he or she wants – but, just remember that as much as we have the right to say as we please, others have the right to react to it as THEY please.
So, if you want to 1) GET a job, or 2) KEEP a job, or 3) ADVANCE in a job, then a great place to begin is by being more careful about you post or say out loud.
Another Job Interview Technique “Secret” by Career Jimmy
Actually, Jimmy’s job interview technique “secrets” aren’t really all that secret! It’s just that most people don’t or won’t use them. This I know, because I’ve used them with my own career coaching clients – some say they DID use them, others said, “Well… we’ll see how it goes.” Up to them! 🙂
Anyway, I’ll be posting numerous tips similar to this job interview technique “secret” by Jimmy Sweeney – aka “Career Jimmy” as time allows.
First, I want to let you know that I have been marketing Jimmy Sweeney’s stuff for a couple of years now. I was introduced to his “Career Jimmy” brand after I had been contacted by a career coaching client who had suggested that I write up a collection of my own tips which had helped that client – among many others.
Well, as it turned out, as I began to research what was already being sold on the marketplace I was more than a little surprised to see something that looked familiar.
I felt I was reading my own stuff, when in fact I had stumbled across Jimmy Sweeney and his product line.
I wrote to Jimmy right away, and as soon as he got back to me, I knew we were on the same page entirely! Anyway, at the end of the day, I realized that I did NOT need to write my own material on job interview techniques, cover letter writing, OR creating a resume at all.
I got my own copies of everything Jimmy wrote, and after reading through “Career Jimmy’s” work, instantly decided that this was as close to my own ideas and strategies as could possibly be.
Which meant that I didn’t need to write anything at all. By this time, I signed up to market the entire line of Career Jimmy products, which include his Amazing Resume Creator and Guide, Amazing Cover Letter Creator and Writing Guide, and the popular “Wow! You’re Hired” Job Interview Technique package.
Jimmy wrote an article that I am featuring here under my Career and Job Resources category. I’ll add more of his tips as time allows – and believe me, he has a LOT of good advice. Of course I’m a little biased since a lot of what he teaches is stuff I have also taught my own clients. 🙂
Anyway, you can have a look-see here at his latest article. Apply it and you will see that you are gaining more of your prospective employer’s interest!
Click Here =>The Career Jimmy Job Interview “Secret” that Most People Just Won’t Use
Although I truly did think that most people were already well aware of how the misuse of Social Media could make or break a job application or even threated the job itself, it appears that a lot of folks still aren’t taking it seriously.
Surely by now we’ve all heard of the terrible injustices done to this or that waitress or waiter who “tweeted” something negative about a customer or boss or whomever and then lost their jobs. I’m sure that people feel passionately one way or another about it.
As someone who has worked for many years with people – younger and older – about career choices, applying for jobs, development resumes and cover letters, and coaching them in preparation of their job interviews – I feel compelled to chime in on this topic.
It was after reading a variety of “tweets” and Facebook updates that made me think, “Wow, this person has no idea how he/she looks right now… I sure hope his/her boss isn’t seeing this on line! How embarassing!”
So, in the interest of doing my little part in bringing a friendly reminder to job seekers to be careful what they tweet and otherwise write about, I bring you my article on how Social Media Can Affect Your Career in my Career and Job Resources section. Please read – and comment – by Clicking => HERE.