You are what you tweet

I’ve just finished reading two articles about people tweeting themselves right out of a job.

All the hard work they put into preparing, researching and making a great impression on their potential employer or clients and a simple tweet ruined it all.

A man on a business trip commented on the dreariness of a town he was staying in to do a presentation for clients on Twitter. He wrote “If I had to live here I’d go crazy.” That one line caught the attention of the company to which he was presenting and they sent him a long letter objecting to the insult of their beloved town. They were “very disappointed” and felt it was “inappropriate.” No doubt they sent a similar letter to the man’s supervisor.

Another article was about a man who was just offered a job and was so excited about the paycheck he just had to tweet about it. Unfortunately, he also had to share that the commute was going to be a problem and that he “hated the work” he would be doing.
Someone from the company that had just hired him responded with: “Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work …” Oops!

When using any social media tool, don’t underestimate who might be looking. Just because you interviewed for a large, seemingly-cold corporation, don’t think people from the corporation aren’t social media savvy. More organizations are using new media for many purposes, including checking out their would-be employees. So, watch what you tweet!

How you can give a child a book with just one click

In a few weeks, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) will celebrate its 15th anniversary. As we were deciding how to commemorate it, we thought of one thing: giving back.

So we decided to commemorate our 15th anniversary on April 30, by making a donation to First Book, an organization that provides books to disadvantaged kids.

You can help: become a Facebook Fan of NSCS and ask your friends to do the same, because we’re going to donate 10 cents for each NSCS Facebook Fan on our page on April 30. This way, each member of NSCS is responsible for the size of the gift. After all, we’re making this donation on behalf of the thousands of NSCS members who are making a difference everyday.

We’ve nearly reached 9,000 fans, so we’ll donate at least $900 to First Book-that’s equivalent to 900 books.

If we reach 15,000 fans by April 30, we’ll donate $1,500. That’s about 1,500 books.

If you want to help give the gift of reading and learning, become a Fan now, and share the link with your friends, so they can help too.