Posts tagged ‘Twitter’

How Not to Get a Job as a First Round NFL Draft Pick

CareerBuilder asked hiring managers about frequent mistakes that will destroy a candidate’s chance at employment, and 60% cited answering a call or texting during an interview as one of the biggest deal breakers. Sixty-two percent said one of the most detrimental mistakes a candidate can make is appearing uninterested.

— Forbes: The 13 Most Outrageous Job Interview Mistakes

wvu HelmetEugene Cyril “Geno” Smith III had leveraged his experience with the West Virginia Mountaineers football team into a shot as a first round pick in the 2013 National Football League Draft. However, Geno Smith did not get picked in the first round. During his visits to potential employers, he ensured that he would not get the job.

helmet1-jetsMuch of the pre-draft buzz was around how Smith would be the first quarterback taken in the first round. Smith was drafted in the second round by the New York Jets, the 39th pick overall. The first quarterback in the draft was E.J. Manuel, taken 23 picks earlier by the Buffalo Bills as the 16th pick in Round 1.

On YahooSports, Jason Cole describes what might have changed the front office’s perceptions of Smith:

Two sources indicated that when Smith went on some visits to teams, rather than interact with coaches and front-office people, he would spend much of his time on his cell phone. Instead of being engaged with team officials, he would be texting friends or reading Twitter or a number of other distracting activities.

“All these other players who were in there were talking to the coaches, trying to get to know people and he was over there by himself,” one of the sources said. “That’s not what you want out of your quarterback.”

One must wonder if any text message is worth losing a millions of dollars to read. First round picks get salary/bonus contracts that average around $12M. Contracts for second round picks average between $2M and $800K.

Smith is a member of the Millennial generation – the most technologically connected generation on Earth. However, both Careerbuilder and Jason Cole show us that some Millennials have trouble knowing when to connect through social media, and knowing when to focus on the real live people in the room.

Is it smart to let your smart phone cost you the job?

3 May 2013 at 7:55AM Leave a comment

“I want to become a big billing recruiter!”

Peter I Heyer shared this cartoon with the crowd at the CTRN PowerBoost conference yesterday. A Day at the Recruiter Factory will look familiar to those of us who’ve done third-party recruiting. This video is 2:47:

“Do you ever work past 5:00PM?”
“I have to leave right at five because that is the end of the work day. Plus, I belong to a bowling league and that is a priority for me.”

23 August 2012 at 1:28AM Leave a comment

NotJobs: How NOT to get a job with Twitter

Cisco Fatty Original PostLast week, a young, tech savvy 20-something named Connor Riley posted this snarky Tweet on Twitter. Cisco employees noticed and called her on it. The incident blew up into an internet meme tagged “Cisco Fatty“. Lately, Ms. Riley has been on MSNBC trying to explain how dumb her action was.

Keyinfluencer Tweet

Back in January, James Andrews, an executive VP from Ketchum PR, tweeted about how horrible he found Memphis (above). Andrews was in town to speak at FedEx, a company headquartered in Memphis. A FedEx employee found the tweet, and sent it to Vice Presidents, Directors and the management at Ketchum. Andrews ended up having to apologize.

The moral here is – don’t be stupid in public. Also – don’t say anything in a social media forum that Social media can give you your fifteen minutes of fame. Just make sure that you get famous for the right things. Just as Kevin Colvin found out, there is no privacy on the Internet.

Here is a roundup of these stories – Cisco Fatty:

Key Influencer in Memphis:

On that note: Check out this view of the “Twouble with Twitters

30 March 2009 at 10:48PM Leave a comment

NotJobs: How NOT to Get a Job via Social Networking

A few weeks ago, I found an old high school acquaintance on LinkedIn. Shortly after my invitation was accepted, she sent a blizzard of requests for introductions and job search help. No complaints there – as a recruiter in this economy, I’m used to getting asked to help with job searches. But it was glaringly obvious that my acquaintance  had not even read the profiles of the people targeted by her introduction requests.

I’m pretty strict when it comes to people using my LinkedIn network. My philosophy on LinkedIn is that introductions have to make us both look good. My bar is pretty high, which helps me keep my connections from a lot of spurious traffic. I know that this is different than other people’s introduction philosophy. So when this intro blizzard arrived, I explained my philosophy and recommended she make a few changes her introductions.

I wish I had been able to point her to Scott Hepburn’s posting on the Media Emerging Blog about How NOT to Get a Job via Social Networking. Scott makes five points on how to use these tools to wreck your job search:

  • Blank/Incomplete Profile
  • “I Need a Job” Bio
  • Connect But Don’t Engage
  • Asking for Referrals Before You’ve Earned Them
  • No Blog (Or Other “Content Central”)

Scott has some great tips on how to deal with these issues. Check them out here. He’s also asking for your thoughts on Twitter.

BTW: My new LinkedIn connection didn’t take me up on my suggestions.

29 March 2009 at 2:03PM 1 comment

Must see site: NotHired

The NotHired site is a hoot! NotHired is run by “a dedicated group of HR monkeys and hiring managers” who “see thousands of cover letters and resumes every month. Some of them desperately need to be shared.” They’ve listed many great examples of horrible cover letters and resumes. Their site is “Dedicated to all those who wonder why no one has called to set up an interview…”

Here’s the best of the worst:

I don’t know Craig personally, but my friend told me about his list and I saw your job on there.

The NotHired authors point out this message came from an AOL address.

Update 25 January 2012: Unfortunately, the Nothired site has died. You can see a Twitter feed here, and a Facebook page here. Neither has been updated since 2010.

30 March 2008 at 9:35PM 1 comment

My Core Ideas

1. "I can't tell you the best way to get a job - because there is no one best way. After 21 years of recruiting, I CAN share things I've seen candidates do to guarantee they DIDN'T get the job."

2. "Most companies don't realize how their recruiting process impacts their candidate pool, and their business. Attention to simple things will result in big improvements."

About the Author

Troy Bettinger, SPHR is a Denver Recruiter, Public Speaker, HR Metrics Analyst and Human Resources Leader who has been recruiting in corporate and municipal environments since 1991.

He specializes in the complete hiring process: defining, sourcing, recruiting, testing, interviewing, offering and orienting new hires. He's also well versed in strategic human resources, college recruiting, diversity recruiting, AAP, EEO, ATS integration, recruiting metrics, social media, recruiting leadership, training and employment branding.


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