People Losing Jobs Over Online Posts
from the oops dept
People certainly like to speak freely over the internet, often forgetting that what they say becomes part of some version of a “permanent record”. This article says that people are losing their jobs over online posts. It appears that management (and hiring managers) are increasingly using the internet as a “third reference” before hiring anyone (which suggests that Bernard Shifman may have trouble getting hired despite his resume spamming). This article, though, focuses specifically on the UK site “Friends Reunited” which lets former schoolmates and co-workers find each other again. The problem is that many start saying bad things about their employers or themselves – which are then easily found. In one case, someone at a PR company lost her job after calling her boss as the “bitch from hell” and her employers as “a bunch of cowboys”. Someone else had admitted in his posts that he was “lying through his teeth at the interview” and that his resume was “a masterpiece of fiction and creative writing”.