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# People losing job offers because of message board postings.

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People losing job offers because of message board postings. [#permalink]

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07 Mar 2007, 13:22
Here's a link to a Techdirt article, referencing an article appearing in the Washington Post:

http://techdirt.com/articles/20070307/103126.shtml

I haven't read the original article, but apparently, some law students have lost out on job offers because of message board postings. Even before this article, I had been thinking about this. My idea of fading quietly into the sunset after admissions season seems to make even more sense. I was thinking, you never know who might be holding a grudge against you for something that you posted, and in my case it's probably not all that difficult for someone that dislikes my online presence to figure out who I am if they have my resume in their hands.
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07 Mar 2007, 13:36
I read this earlier today - scary to say the least.

This is also another reason why I refuse to partake in the myspace/facebook fun.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:01
good to know.

Now, I have to watch what I post.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:02
Yup.

I've been a member of this forum for a long time. I didn't just join in Jan of this year. That's when I created this user name. I have different aliases.

Maybe a little paranoid. But better safe than sorry.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:23
Why would you do/post things online that you wouldn't own up to in real life ?
I will leave it at that.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:28
lhotseface wrote:
Why would you do/post things online that you wouldn't own up to in real life ?
I will leave it at that.

Go ask that question on hdate.com
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07 Mar 2007, 14:30
I don't know if it's a matter of "owning up" to things or a matter of keeping personal and professional lives separate. I wouldn't want people in my professional life to know about 90% of the stuff I do or say in my personal life. Not like I'm a heroin addict, but the professional environment is incredibly politically correct.

For instance the article mentioned someone may not have been hired by a company because they were allegedly discussing the size of a classmates breasts on some message board. I would venture to say that that is pretty standard casual conversation among most men, and they wouldn't have a problem "owning up to it" in general, but of course that's not something they would want their employers knowing about them.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:36
I can understand the part of keeping personal and professional lives apart. But, I doubt a company wouldn't hire you for that. Though you can get kicked out if you are caught near the water cooler in such a "routine" discussion by HR. If you are an online predator, it is likely that you will get in to sexual harassment trouble at work. So, a company wouldn't want to hire you for that.

johnnyx9 wrote:
I don't know if it's a matter of "owning up" to things or a matter of keeping personal and professional lives separate. I wouldn't want people in my professional life to know about 90% of the stuff I do or say in my personal life. Not like I'm a heroin addict, but the professional environment is incredibly politically correct.

For instance the article mentioned someone may not have been hired by a company because they were allegedly discussing the size of a classmates breasts on some message board. I would venture to say that that is pretty standard casual conversation among most men, and they wouldn't have a problem "owning up to it" in general, but of course that's not something they would want their employers knowing about them.
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07 Mar 2007, 14:37
BTW, the work environment is PC for a good reason.
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07 Mar 2007, 15:16
I've just been fired.... Ha, ha... J/K. I'm on GMATclub all the time at work. No one as ever said a word negative.
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07 Mar 2007, 15:25
johnnyx9 wrote:
I don't know if it's a matter of "owning up" to things or a matter of keeping personal and professional lives separate. I wouldn't want people in my professional life to know about 90% of the stuff I do or say in my personal life. Not like I'm a heroin addict, but the professional environment is incredibly politically correct.

For instance the article mentioned someone may not have been hired by a company because they were allegedly discussing the size of a classmates breasts on some message board. I would venture to say that that is pretty standard casual conversation among most men, and they wouldn't have a problem "owning up to it" in general, but of course that's not something they would want their employers knowing about them.

Actually, if I read it correctly, the article was talking about how someone didn't get hired because she was the one being talked about, not that she was the one doing the talking.

I can understand, somewhat, getting in trouble for your own comments and postings online. But to lose out on a job because of what others have said? I'm not sure I believe that's the only reason why she didn't get any offers, but the principle seems very objectionable to me.
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07 Mar 2007, 15:26
lhotseface wrote:
Why would you do/post things online that you wouldn't own up to in real life ?
I will leave it at that.

I don't know, on a message board I might talk about browsing a message board at work, or leaving early to watch basketball, that I'm so preoccupied with applications that I have let my work slip, that I don't consider grades important or that I hate a particular school or industry. All of these have been discussed here, and I believe they are all fair topics of conversation. Any of them could potentially be damaging in the eyes of an employer.

What I'm more worried about are strongly held views on controversial topics. Politics and religion are not often the topic of conversation here, but views are commonly expressed on message boards. Depending on the individual handling the hiring, conflicting views could definitely affect their views - whether it is ethical or not.

Take this example - what if someone gets into a heated debate about, say, Hillary Clinton and goes on and on about he/she hates her. This was a pretty common view a few years ago, though less common these days. The internet never forgets. A recruiter with strong contrary views who is able to link the person with the idea might find it convenient to ignore that candidate for a job opening.

It's the type of thing that many would never discuss at the workplace; but I think it's perfectly valid to have the conversation at a bar, on the street or on the internet. The only problem is, that on the internet others might be able to figure out who expressed which views and hold them against you.
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07 Mar 2007, 15:28
klong009 wrote:
johnnyx9 wrote:
I don't know if it's a matter of "owning up" to things or a matter of keeping personal and professional lives separate. I wouldn't want people in my professional life to know about 90% of the stuff I do or say in my personal life. Not like I'm a heroin addict, but the professional environment is incredibly politically correct.

For instance the article mentioned someone may not have been hired by a company because they were allegedly discussing the size of a classmates breasts on some message board. I would venture to say that that is pretty standard casual conversation among most men, and they wouldn't have a problem "owning up to it" in general, but of course that's not something they would want their employers knowing about them.

Actually, if I read it correctly, the article was talking about how someone didn't get hired because she was the one being talked about, not that she was the one doing the talking.

I can understand, somewhat, getting in trouble for your own comments and postings online. But to lose out on a job because of what others have said? I'm not sure I believe that's the only reason why she didn't get any offers, but the principle seems very objectionable to me.

I read the article in the Post this morning and based on the info they provided it seemed like this woman really got screwed. She wasn't even getting called to interviews even though she had a top-notch record and resume.

I can see how seeing random ramblings about a person could put an employer off. It may not be fair, but it raises questions and uncertainties that an employer doesn't want to deal with. Its all about avoiding risk.
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07 Mar 2007, 15:52
lhotseface wrote:
Why would you do/post things online that you wouldn't own up to in real life ?
I will leave it at that.

It's not about owning up to things.

You can't please everyone. Somebody will not like a post you made or a view you have or just your personality that comes through your posts.

And that somebody could be on the adcomm somewhere you applied.
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07 Mar 2007, 15:59
I guess I am not paraniod about my opinions or Internet usage. I am what I am in public or private. If you want to hire me, great. If not, there is always someone else.
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07 Mar 2007, 16:01
Yeah, squares and nerds don't need to worry about that because they won't say anything to piss someone off.

Just kidding... not really though.
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07 Mar 2007, 17:57
We are smart enough not to offend anyone to appear cool. If you are a jerk, you are a jerk. Anonymous or not. Here is the obligatory smiley .
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07 Mar 2007, 20:05
lhotseface wrote:
We are smart enough not to offend anyone to appear cool. If you are a jerk, you are a jerk. Anonymous or not. Here is the obligatory smiley .

you're a riot!
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07 Mar 2007, 21:23
lhotseface wrote:
We are smart enough not to offend anyone to appear cool. If you are a jerk, you are a jerk. Anonymous or not. Here is the obligatory smiley .

Have to go with Lhotse here.

What i say here or for that matter any other board is something I believe in and if somebody wants to screw me for that then so be it. If I were so worried about making a wrong impression or kissing everyone's A$@$ I would better join IB .
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07 Mar 2007, 22:10
It's not about kissing everyone's but.

In fact, it's the opposite. I do offend people in real life. I'm not buddy buddy with everyone. (in case you haven't noticed) But I am careful about what I say to certain people (like my boss or parents).

With that said, anybody can see everything I've ever thought/said/wrote on this forum, so instead of being careful about what I write, it's better to stay anonymous and just say whatever the PHUCK I WANT.

Have you ever had a conversation you didn't want your boss or mom to hear?

Same thing applies here. So I'll continue to stay anonymous (and paranoid) and not have the people I've offended know who I am.
07 Mar 2007, 22:10

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