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Should companies hold a job hunter's social media against them?
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Despite having the word “social” in the title, people seem to forget this nonsense is out there for others to see. Whether you have a private account or not, whatever you post is exposed to a significant amount of eyeballs. If you post something extremely inappropriate or downright ridiculous, you’re basically asking for trouble, no? 

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If someone is consistently posting inappropriate content, they’re expressing a side of themselves that’s unseemly, and, in job search terminology, unmarketable for employment. And when we say “inappropriate,” we’re not talking “South Park” humor; we’re more-so talking about, say, racist ideologies or sexual content that even “South Park” wouldn’t touch. Like we said—social media is social. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot career-wise for a couple of cheap likes on Twitter. 

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One of the main draws for hiring a person has to do with how much they’ll contribute to a company’s culture. Sure, credentials are obviously important, but if a candidate’s social reflects a personality that goes against what your brand stand for, they’re clearly not the right match for the role. 

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Take the recent case of Emily Clow. Clow applied for a position at Kickass Masterminds (although maybe that name alone should’ve been a red flag), an “expert-led, professionally organized, rigorously curated mastermind groups for entrepreneurs and business executives” that prides themselves on being for women, by women. Clow was told that if she followed their Instagram account she’d get ahead in the hiring process. She did so, only to find that their story was a screen-grab of her in a bikini from her own Instagram account, used as a “PSA” to warn candidates that such content was “unprofessional” and would keep them from being taken serious by possible employers. Clow and the rest of the world became infuriated, and Kickass Masterminds slunk into the shadows. 

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You can’t judge someone solely on their social media in the same way you can’t judge a book by its cover. One of the main points of contention with social media is that it’s not the “real” you, right? A company can’t accurately tell if someone’s suitable or not based on a few “taking Tuesday tequila shots” posts. Loosen up. 

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A résumé is the only thing a company should be looking at. If a candidate ticks all the boxes for a position, why toss them aside for something that’s completely an utterly personal? It’s silly. Moreover, many companies have potentially lost someone that could’ve been great for their team. Don’t be like Kickass and kick yourself in the ass. 

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