Monday Motivation: How Social Media Can Help Or Ruin Your Job Search
Over the weekend, a tweet about a lady who couldn’t get a job because of her Instagram photos trended. A Twitter user, Anu Praise, who receives CVs on Twitter, advised job seekers on the need to censor what they upload on social media.
See the tweet below:
It jst happened again. Someone submitted their CV through me, the employer googled the name, social media results came up. Her avi was almost n**e. The woman said that was a turn off. Shebi I told you that everyday is not “no bra day”. Tidy ur accts if ure a job seeker.
— Anu Praise (@anu_praise) November 29, 2019
However, social media users reacted to this tweet in diverse ways. While some supported the company for doing a background check on the staff, others felt it was an infringement on her privacy.
See some Twitter reactions below:
Even in other countries, employers use ur social media hx to determine ur eligibility. It is perfectly ok as long as they dont gv that as the reason for not hiring u.
Simple rule: stay out of non professional SM. PERIOD. U NEVER KNOW WHO IS WATCHING
— Thomas (@Thomas98743317) November 30, 2019
Anyone who says it’s inappropriate for a company to check its potential employee SM platforms is dumb. Why do we use LinkedIn? Why did you open Twitter/FB account. Isn’t for people to see you? It isn’t criminal for a company to do a background check on its potential workers.
— Church boy, Florence’s son (@olusolaakinwale) December 1, 2019
Both of you got serious issues though so being almost n***d makes her unserious ,you guys are really silly
— BABE (@LElGHH) November 29, 2019
So we’re not allowed to post our bikini pictures again because we’re looking for job? O di e gwu 😕
— WhizQueen (@Whiz_Queen) November 29, 2019
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Years ago, job seekers relied on newspaper applications to see companies recruiting. Invitations for interviews were sent by mail.
With the advent of mobile phones and social media platforms, job applications and recruitment are on the go, and young people jumping on this trend must be mindful of what they share on the internet.
While some say that this particular company was petty in their recruitment, no one, however, can’t dictate how they go about their recruitment process.
The bottom line is that your image matters a lot, and being an employee in that office makes you their brand ambassador.
In your opinion, did the company go too far with their background check? Should a person’s private life be separated from the workplace?
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