Imagine being perfectly suited for a position, but not getting the job because you smoke or have posted something unflattering on Facebook. The thought may seem ridiculous, but more and more companies are embracing these ideas. Simply being qualified isn’t enough anymore.
We are no longer surprised when we surf the web and find social media sites like Facebook and Twitter filled with four letter words and other inappropriate remarks because many users find these actions to be acceptable, but have no idea that some employers peruse these types of sites to make hiring determinations.
It seems that everyone wants to get “Turnt Up” and post pictures of themselves drinking or smoking at the latest party, but is that really conducive to employability? Times are changing and it is important that we understand that every action indeed has a reaction.
For example, let’s say you apply for a job that has a no smoking policy, but have posted pictures that show you smoking all over Instagram – you may be disqualified for the position. Based on a 2005 New York Times article, 20 states have adopted legislation that allow them to fire a worker for smoking. This means that a worker can be tested for smoking and fired just as if they were using some illegal substance.
Although our social media profiles are our own and our friends may be enthralled by our attendance at the latest party, employers are not impressed. Instead, your posts are used to determine personality and quality traits. Are you putting your best foot forward?
Will your good time cost you a job?
What can you do about it?
- Review your privacy settings on social media applications and limit your posts to friends only.
- Be careful about posting pictures that show you in questionable situations. Ex. Smoking and drinking
- Be careful what you say, it can and will be used against you!
- Don’t call in sick and post vacation pictures. It could get your fired.
Don’t allow yourself to fall prey to simple mistakes. Embrace your mafietta. Take charge of your potential career and your future.