example of what NOT to have on your facebook profile while looking for a job

Friday, January 8, 2010

so you know how people always tell you that when you are looking for a job you need to clean up your online reputation?

to make sure that there isn't anything scandalous online about you that could possibly hinder you from getting a job?

well not too long ago my firm was looking to hire a new public relations team member, and as the interviews were carrying on we found a specific gentleman that was our favorite.

he was good looking, had a great personality, and excellent experience.

we were in the process of bringing him in for a second interview when we did the good 'ol google and facebook search.

what we found on his PUBLIC facebook profile caused us to not only NOT bring him in for a second interview but to simply wonder how the hell a college educated, knowledgeable, public relations candidate was stupid enough to have the following be his facebook "about me".

i couldn't make this up if i tried - you need to read the whole thing...

About Me:
I am awesome. I run shit. I had relations with your girlfriend, and yes I got it on tape. I scoff at those less fortunate than me (read: everyone else). I tend to laugh at the handicapped as well as foreigners. I am a firm believer that women are without a doubt the weaker sex. I know more than you. I am a ridiculously huge deal. I'm utterly gorgeous, you (most likely as a result of terrible genes or an unfortunate run-in with the business-end of a shovel) are not. I make fun of ugly people, because they are ugly and they deserve it. My social life is clearly something that you will never experience because you are ugly, unpopular, or a severe combination of the two. I throw shit onto my neighbor's porch because I am better than them and they can't do shit about it. My friends are also better than you and they will let you know it. I break other people's stuff. I do whatever I want without any regard for the repercussions. I intentionally ruin the environment via littering, not recycling, and other harmful action. I am an asshole.


wow. right?

the obvious lesson to be learned here is, what you do and say online can and will cost you employment.

but hey, at least i'm hoping this specific situation caused you all to laugh at his stupidity.

happy friday kids!

[editor's note: in regard to some of the comments - i obviously have a sense of humor, i also obviously can tell sarcasm when i see/hear it, and of course we all took this "about me" with a grain of salt. but in this current economic climate, when you have 100 qualified candidates all fighting for a position, having something like the above tied to your name and public facebook profile is a quick way to be taken out of the candidate pool, sarcasm or not... ]

53 comments:

  1. That's horrible.
    A friend of mine had a private FB page but a public page was made with stolen pictures that had some less than flattering info. Maybe the college educated, knowledgeable, public relations candidate was framed.

    I'm a conspiracy theorist.

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  2. I'd be amazed if he HAD any friends if that's the kind of thing he puts on his profile. . .

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  3. i think that the fact that your firm took his about me section seriously and the fact that you liked everything else about him but some creative section on a social networking page--obviously meant to be sarcastic--is horrifying.

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  4. I struggle with the whole "what we do outside of work" versus "how we handle ourselves on the job" issue. I think there are a lot of people who are amazingly smart and net-additions to their employers who do less honorable things outside of work. And, to be honest, so long as they're doing their job, I'm not sure they should be judged on their lives away from work.

    That said, what that candidate wrote was tasteless. It's clear most, if not all of it, probably isn't true (because people who really think like that don't put it in print). But, that's not the point. The fact he'd write it at all is pretty sad.

    I hope your firm told him why he wasn't asked back. Or at least told him that you came across his FB profile. It might be a good learning lesson for him, you know?

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  5. ::scurries to check own about me section on FB::

    Nahhh, just kidding. I'm a good girl. :)

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  6. "He was good looking" ? Really?

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  7. coop - i like your theory, it's been know to happen. but this kid had multiple hundreds of friends and lots of wall/pic action.

    p - think jersey shore

    sarah - see my above addendum to the post.

    nilsa - agree, and of course we didn't think it was true, i mean how could it possibly be? (see my addition to the end of the post). and yes, we called him and told him why we weren't bringing him in for a second interview - he learned from the experience to say the least.

    shannon- suuuuuuuure you are : )

    anonymous - yup, i'm so superficial that all i care about is looks, (SARCASM). it was just another adjective to use to try to paint the picture, no offense was meant.

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  8. By now, everyone should be very selective with their privacy features. I am. And might even go make some things more private now.

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  9. I don't buy the sarcasm argument.

    You can be sarcastic without being a sack of crap.

    If that was sarcasm, he's not very good at it.

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  10. I appreciate this post. This is not the first instance I have heard of where someone was not hired because of a public profile on a social website. I also think that there is a lot of confusion when it comes to myspace and facebook pages. They are relatively new and employers and employees don't really know what to do with them yet. In my opinion, if you are looking for a job, don't make anything available that can be used against you. What do you think will happen in the future about facebook/myspace pages in regards to hiring/firing employees? Lawsuits maybe?

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  11. You have a sense of humor, but yeah...if he is in PR, it shows he isn't too good at controlling image.

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  12. some peoples humor is different than others?

    i feel like facebook is a creative outlet that shouldnt be used against anyone in the work place--his mistake was having his profile public.

    did he have anything to say about it when you called him?

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  13. WWWWOOOOOWWWWWWWWWW....

    i'm assuming he was (hopefully) trying to be clever, witty, and sarcastic, but he failed miserably. usually that's easy to catch on to...

    what a douchebag. wow.

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  14. That is some hilarious shit. We're looking to hire someone right now and I always try to Facebook stalk them beforehand. Especially if they went to my school. :)

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  15. Oh man, even if that's a joke, it's not a funny one. Stupid stupid stupid.

    My fbook profile is private, but even if it weren't, the worst I have to show is a few pictures of me playing beer pong. With my parents.

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  16. That's just plain stupid. And sarcasm or not, if you, the potential employer, can easily find it, so can your clients and colleuges. Bad form.

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  17. Wow, with everything that you hear these days about potential employers doing exactly what you did, it's shocking (yet hilarious) that he actually had that up there.

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  18. But if legally you can't ask questions like someone’s age how can you look at someone’s FB page? That seems like it falls under discrimination.

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  19. yea, i duno why anyone has a public profile anymore!

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  20. Did you tell him why he didn't get interviewed? I bet he would really feel like a jackass and change his perspective if you did...Just a thought...

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  21. I can't imagine anyone over the age of, say 12, would think that was funny.

    You should check back and see when/if he changes it. :-)

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  22. Its like this guy is me or something.

    I better change my about me.

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  23. Is it possible that someone he knows logged into his FB account and wrote all of that? My sister once logged into my brother's account and changed the "About Me" section to talk about how he does drugs all the time and likes boys. He didn't realize she'd changed it for over a month...

    If that's not the case - what an idiot. Did he think that a potential job wouldn't look?

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  24. Oh wow, that's horrendous, even if it was meant to be tongue-in-cheek. Beautiful blog, work with a girl from Cleveland and forwarding you on!

    Cheers-

    www.bellabroccoli.wordpress.com

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  25. Sarcastic my ass. There's funny sarcastic and then there's not, and this is not. What a dumbass.

    *I may be ugly, but at least I have a job and some genuine self esteem.*

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  26. Wow, even if the whole thing is meant in sarcasm, its just plain tasteless. I have conflicting feelings about life away from work being judged. I think if people are qualified and do their work as it needs to be done, their life away from work shouldn't have any bearing on that. But I agree, that you need to have some sense about your life away from work -- like not leaving your facebook profile public.

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  27. Sure, you can write anything you want on your profile. That's what you have Facebook for. But when you make it public, it's your own damn fault.

    I'd be curious, too, if he said anything after you guys told him why he didn't get called back. And if he changed it.

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  28. i think what the plum's firm did is perfectly okay. not only do you hire people that are best for the job, but you hire people that will paint your company in the best light possible.

    i mean he was interviewing for a PUBLIC RELATIONS job!

    like back in high school, if you did extra curricular activities you had to sign that piece of paper that said you would represent the "twinsburg tigers" on and off the court.

    the same applies for the professional world.

    way to go Alexa!

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  29. your editors note said it perfectly.

    but sarcastic or not - wow - that guy was a douche bag :)

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  30. I assume someone's taken the Tucker Max philosophy to heart? I Hope They Serve Beer In Hell is not an instruction manual. ;-)

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  31. "when you have 100 qualified candidates all fighting for a position, having something like the above tied to your name and public facebook profile is a quick way to be taken out of the candidate pool, sarcasm or not... ]"

    Yes, but it will zoom him to the top of the list for asshole jobs!

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  32. I'm looking for work now. I don't have anything inflammatory or even remotely inappropriate on my fb page, but I'm taking no chances and no longer use my first and last name, but my middle name instead.

    Not taking any chances,,,

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  33. I'm sure his about me was a joke, BUT, even if that's the case, it wasn't really that funny to begin with! I google myself at least once a week to see what comes up. Vain? Yes. Proactive? Double Yes!

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  34. The fact that he didn't know/unaware/or stupid enough that a possible employer would not check My Space or Facebook just goes to show that maybe he's not right for that kind of job, especially in public relations.

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  35. I think I would have had interview with him just to ask him questions about some of those things he's written. Yanno, just for shits and giggles.

    For example: have him interviewed only by women and ask things like, "Since you claim to be smarter than anyone in the whole world, please begin by explaining the Big Bang Theory, followed by writing an essay on how our environment here on earth has evolved since the Palaeozaic Era."

    I love messing with people.

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  36. I hope all of his prospective employers GOOGLE him and see the same thing ~ What an ASSHOLE, sarcasm or not.......IDIOT! And, yes both my husband and I laughed our asses off........

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  37. holy crap!!!!

    I mean.. I've heard of dumb..but..dayum. And also? Regardless of the sarcasm, he sounds like a total douche nugget in that About Me.

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  38. First time poster here -- LOVE your blog!

    Had the same thing happen to us a couple years back with a PR intern applicant. *HELLO* !!

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  39. wow that is ridiculous, can't believe he'd even have a public facebook profile, haha.

    we had something similar though when a girl came in for an interview and my coworker randomly recognized and we checked out her myspace page and she was basically whoring it up on the internet in a major way, haha.yeah she definitely didn't get a call back either.

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  40. I wonder if someone made up a FB profile for him. No one can be this stupid.

    Can they?

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  41. UMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM.

    The joke? It is not funny. The Facebook? It has a thing called "PRIVACY SETTINGS."

    The dude? Is a freaking MORON.

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  42. wow. WOW WOW WOW.

    what a freaking moron. i'm shocked that there are people defending him, honestly. if, in the course of doing a background / info check on a potential employee, you found an article he'd published in a print journal about how women were inferior, wouldn't you take THAT into consideration?? it's not the employer's job to deduce each candidate's particular brand of humor or sarcasm; it's the candidate's job to present themeslves in the most flattering way. just because it's on facebook doesn't mean it should get an automatic free pass (ESPECIALLY since we all know you can just set your fb page to private. ESPECIALLY A PR REP OMFG.)

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  43. He sounds like a way lamer version of Tucker Max.

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  44. i get so paranoid about this kind of stuff. i mean i am a stellar employee but i did once retain the services of a midget stripper. i guess i have a work personality and a social personality and they are very different. i wonder what that means?

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  45. Hindsight is 20/20, of course, but I see a missed opportunity here. All things being equal, it would've been fun to bring him back for the second round only to pass out copies of his "about me" to everyone helping conduct the interview. That way, you could've seen the look on his face as he crapped his pants.

    But then, so as to lead him on a bit, maybe you could've asked him a couple of half-serious questions like, "Well, can you give us a few examples of how you were 'awesome' in your last job?" or "Can you tell us about one time you did 'whatever you wanted to do without any regard for the repercussions' and explain what you learned from it? If anything."

    But then, after all that, you could've told him he wouldn't make it to the next round of interviews because, of all things, he made a grammatical error. (Singular possessive "neighbor's" followed by plural "them.") Perhaps you could've even taken that opportunity to point out that, as a result, he doesn't really "know more than you."

    Had any of these things actually happened, it would've been even better had you been able to get all THAT "on tape." Maybe tag him on Facebook, too.

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  46. Oy, we had a similar issue with a girl and her Twitter profile. She applied for our internship THROUGH Twitter and then we looked at her profile and didn't call her because it was inappropriate. I get he was trying to be funny, but it's not appropriate at all.

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  47. OMG that's craziness! Eekkk I think you guys made the right decision

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  48. Whether he was kidding or not, home dude is an idiot! Jeez.

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  49. Sense of humor or not, this guy is clearly such a toolbox that I could build a goddamn house out of him. What the heck was he thinking? At least PROTECT that crazy shiz.

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  50. I'm so terrified of putting anything professionally damaging on my Facebook profile...despite the fact it's not even searchable I don't even write swear words in my status. This is particularly amusing to my friends because I curse like a truckdriving sailor in my "real" life.

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  51. Wow it's a really great. sometimes it happens. I am not sayng according to job but once My professor know many thing about me (some secrets also)because he is in my friend list.

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