CareerBuilder also found that 44% of employers hired
applicants because of positive things they found about
them online, of which 36% listed “A Professional Image”.
You’ve heard it before…
you say about others says more about you than it does about
Nowhere is this truer than when people make the
mistake of emailing, texting, or posting something online when
angry. (If you’ve attended my seminar, you’ll remember learning
about this in the Anger Curve.)
Dr. Ryan Martin, who is
the Chair of the Psychology Department at the University of
Wisconsin Green Bay, wrote this in Psychology Today:
“Once you send a hostile email, the exchange stops being about
your concern and starts being about your nasty email.”
Recently a woman in Indiana posted this online review with the
Better Business Bureau:
“(Glenn’s) 10 rules of work will
do nothing but kill the morale of those in your company.
Leadership in the non-profit I work for recently posted these in
our office and the message they preach is nothing but "you don't
matter", "show up work hard and don't expect anything in
return", "do not I repeat do not let anyone know you are a Mom
or Dad, heaven forbid your children ever get sick and need you",
"teamwork? what teamwork? we do not do that here"......You get
the idea. I find it disgusting that our agency shelled out over
a grand to this man to teach our leaders to be a**holes.”
While I obviously disagree with her message, even if her
complaint had merit, she nearly committed career suicide. Not
because of what she said, but how she said it.
probably doesn’t know how many employers use Online Vetting (aka
Cyber Vetting) to screen job applicants. A 2017
CareerBuilder.com survey found:
- 70% of employers use social
media to screen candidates, up from 11% in 2006
- 54% didn’t
hire a candidate based on their social media profiles
- Over a
third have reprimanded or fired an employee for what they posted
Fortunately for her, the BBB does not
publish names when people post nastygrams, and contacts the
business for a response first.
Since she has never
attended my seminar or bought any of my products, she is not a
customer and the BBB declined to post her review. This was
ironic, because we wanted the review posted so that we could
post a response (which I’ll share with you later).
comments and name had been published, they would have followed
her for life.
The moral of this story is “Don’t type
To Your Success,
If you don’t have a copy of the Rules of Work poster she
was so upset about, click
here to get one.
For proof of how drastically what you say online can
affect your career, look at comedian Gilbert Gottfried. He lost
his job as the voice of the famous AFLAC duck in 2011 because of
a joke he tweeted about the Japanese tsunami.
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