Don’t Judge My Work Ethic By My Social Media

A social media logotype

In this day and age, phones, tablets, and computers have become extensions of the human body. We constantly check our news feeds and update our statuses and post pictures for our friends to see. I repeat, for our friends to see. Social media was never intended for job purposes. it was never supposed to be something that your possible future employer could look at and judge you for it.

I don’t think it’s right for employers to make hiring decisions based on one’s social media profiles. I know that most, if not all, of us speak and act differently at work than we do when we are out with friends at a bar. So why do employers nowadays feel the need to review you based on your social media? I don’t think it’s a fair critique.

Personally, I have made the decision to not make my social media pages private. I have absolutely nothing to hide. If an employer chooses to judge me by what I do on the weekends, then it’s their loss for not hiring an extremely diligent and hardworking businesswoman. I probably wouldn’t want to work for someone who is that quick to judge anyway.

I firmly believe that work life and personal life is separate. What I choose to express through social media is part of my personal life that, again, I am sharing with my friends, not my employer.


2 thoughts on “Don’t Judge My Work Ethic By My Social Media

  1. I agree with the premise of this. In some fields, I don’t necessarily think it’s fair. However, in my field, we are expected to know how to use social media effectively and responsibly, so checking out all of our social media sites is kind of the same as looking at our portfolio. It’s different for every field. I once heard of a company in my field who would disregard candidates who didn’t update their twitter feed very often (although I thought that was a stretch).

    However, like I said – it depends on your field. Sometimes employers do take it a bit far.

    • Hello Beth, thank you for your comment. I understand that some jobs require the use of social media, but again, what one would post on a company’s page for promotional and professional purposes is quite different from what one would post in a personal page.

      What I was trying to emphasize is that I know the decisions of some employers are influenced by the personal social media pages of the candidates, and I don’t think that’s fair.

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