Social media tools like Facebook and Twitter are becoming more and more popular. With the increase in use comes an increase in having your words examined by more than just your friends. Your boss or potential employer may be viewing your thoughts as well, so beware.
A recent story outlined how a job applicant basically Twittered themselves out of a potential job offer with Cisco. Here’s what Twitter user “theconnor” shared with the world:
“Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
Wow, what a loaded statement, and how ignorant to assume that Cisco wouldn’t be web-savvy enough to utilize Twitter. Tim Levad, a Cisco employee, caught wind of the post and and retorted with the following:
“Who is the hiring manager. I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the web.”
To be fair, the Twitter user is a college student, and the position was really just a summer internship that they hadn’t actually applied for, but was sent to through some college recruitment program snafu, at least according to their side of the story.
Still, the incident created a firestorm across the web and Twitter-verse. Of course, Twitter is not the only social media tool that can cost you a job. There’s also the chance of being Facebook fired. While on Facebook there are more levels of privacy available than on Twitter, there are still people who have posted inappropriate comments or photos of themselves in compromising positions that have led to their termination.
So job seekers in today’s world are being told to utilize social media tools in order to network more efficiently. Yet those same tools have caused some people to lose their jobs. If you are currently on the job hunt, are you worried about your use of social media tools? Would you allow your boss to be a Facebook friend? How much do you think employers should rely on the personal postings of potential job applicants or employees when it comes to hiring and firing?