Reasons to be careful: it could cost you your job

OK, the explosion of social media is not something that can be ignored either by its users and, now (finally) by the media and (possibly unfortunately) businesses.

to post or not to post?

to post or not to post?

That businesses are making more and more use of the opportunities offered by social media optimisation is little surprise. That businesses, and therefore potential employers, are now getting up to speed on the once fun-only social sites and tools  is affecting the way they’re used on a personal level is now becoming increasingly evident.

I’ve now been in two companies where, during quieter moments, candidates have been looked up on facebook to see what “they’re really like.” A well documented practice that has led to people either blocking all but their friends from viewing and (I’ve known several people do this already) close their accounts entirely because they feel social sites (and their online lives) are up for interrogation from companies.

This morning I read an account of how a brief twitter exchange could cost you your job, I apologise for forgetting the source but I’m sure it can be easily found. It goes like this, someone got offered a job and posted up the following tweet:

“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.”

Unfortunately, social-savvy Cisco were following the candidate and replied with a brisk: 

“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.”

Of course, this is only one example of what I’m sure are many “oops, I really shouldn’t have posted that there,” but the  presence of companies and their reps on twitter is only going to increase. Given that estimates now place some 6 million users (myself included) clocking up something like 55 million views a month, twitter has been propelled to the third biggest social media site and has forced the biggest (Facebook) to sit up and take notice – there’s surely been countless articles on the new app. 

But, as more companies join the tweet flow and social medial fun, is it now limiting the freedom with which users once operated and, accordingly, removing the original elements – and fun – that attracted so many users to them in the first place?


  1. Means also those companies have an army of HR payed to only do this : sit around and spy on Facebook. Wish I had a job like that as well.

  2. Companies don’t need an army in HR, just one individual to check applications before and after interview process.
    One solution is that no social networking info be given on apps, never give a screen name on apps and don’t post any info that potential employers can use against you.

  3. We now know what joeshico does every day when he turns on his computer :p

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