Twitter Taboos

by Joe Lavelle on September 1, 2009

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In this age of 24-hour media and instant communication, you must operate under the assumption that your image is always under scrutiny.  You never know who is reading your website, looking at the pictures you posted, and the people with whom you choose to associate.  As I have mentioned before on this blog, successful businesses know how to use an online presence to the fullest advantage.  The same holds true for individuals.  What you do with your blog, your Facebook page, and your website all matters.  Every piece of information is out there for public consumption.  On her blog On the Job, Anita Bruzzese shares some of her advice on the most trendy online communication method right now … Twitter.

Anita’s post, entitled “Twitter Tips for Job Seekers,” focuses on how you can most effectively use this online social tool when looking for a new position to advance your career.  Two tips that particularly resonated with me were:

1. Avoid whining — I am a firm believer in the idea that if you maintain a positive attitude, positive things will happen to you.  No one wants to read about how tough it is to find a job or how your major in college was a waste of time.  Who wants to bring a negative person into their office?

2. Make your “Tweets” matter — You should make an effort to link to industry news and share your personal insights concerning solutions for common problems in your profession.  By doing your research, you show potential employers that you are truly interested and invested in your field.

You definitely need to go to her post and read all of her recommendations.  Also, I would love to hear from you concerning your own experiences with Twitter as a professional tool. Please leave a comment and share your story with us!

The moral of the story?  Twitter can be a great resource or an embarrassing detriment to your professional advancement.  Make sure it’s not the latter.

In my upcoming book, Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail, I share many tips on how to advance in your career and get that pay raise you deserve.  You will find that many of the guidelines that apply to Twitter and other social media sites extend to all areas of business behavior.  I hope you will check out my book and then let me know how the information worked for you!

Joe Lavelle is an Executive Level Management Consultant, Personal Coach and Author of the soon to be released book Act As If It Were Impossible to Fail.  He has coached hundreds of clients and his staff members to achieve faster promotions and to regularly get bigger raises.  Contact Joe today if you would like to Accelerate Your Career.

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