Nougatrocity wrote:So I guess you should also not do things like attend gay pride parades, or get drunk on weekends, or even on work nights if you are not prone to hangovers. You shouldn't do anything in public just to make sure you're not sending out a vibe that employers don't like.
No, seriously dude, fuck that shit. It's like someone from HR coincidentally hearing a conversation at the grocery store where you talk about how totally blitzed you got last night, or what a prick your boss is, and disciplining you for it at work, or factoring it into a hiring decision.
What you do on your own time, i.e., not work time, should be your business. But by having a social networking tool like facebook overlap your professional AND personal life means you've agreed to have your personal life scrutinized by your employer. If your employer is chill and doesn't care, fine, whatever, but if they do, then yes, you should be careful with what you post on facebook.
But there's a difference between worrying your boss will hear you in a grocery store and effectively circulating drunken photos of you in a work environment (if you treat facebook as a professional networking tool). Personally, I'd rather NOT run into my boss if I was drunk at a bar, simply because of how unprofessional such an encounter would be, but i wouldn't fear for my job if such an encounter occurred.
Look, Noug, I don't know if you've got a job or how old you are or any details about you, so I'm really only coming at this, as I've said, from the experience of someone in a laid back but fairly serious work place. I completely understand where an employer is coming from in deciding to examine all possible venues for assessing an applicants 'fit' with the company, and consider everything on the internet that *I* can find, to be fair game, plus a bit (like, a credit check wouldn't be unreasonable, and I've no idea how that shit works). So I'm not sure what you're too upset about, if you post drunken photos of yourself on facebook, and make your facebook profile public, or write some long winded rant about how you want to tear the head off every office drone you see day to day and then put your face, soc. number, and full name and address next to the diatribe, you've basically opened yourself to scrutiny. If you want to post that shit and share it with your friends, then just make sure it's private and only accessible by them.
I also recognize the hyperbole that's getting thrown around for both sides here. I would hope a potential employer wouldn't look at, say, the pride sticker you have on your car which is parked in a company parking lot as a means for scrutiny. That'd be discrimination.
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