How to lose your job and alienate people via social media

Who has friends on Facebook who are friends/colleagues from work? I’d probably say I’ve got about 25 colleagues from work who is my Facebook friends. I’ve also got a few friends who I’ve met through networking, that’s probably about 4 maybe 5. The rest is my friends who aren’t connected to my colleagues. I consider my Facebook page to be my personal account. It’s my personal network where I communicate with my mates I haven’t seen for yonks, are travel buddies who we normally Facebook chat or mates who I socialise with on a regular basis and put photo’s up from the time it was so and so’s birthday and we all got a little tipsy. I wouldn’t associate my professional with personal and blast it out there alongside my LinkedIn, Twitter, SkillPages etc. I’m sure you’d agree right?

In the past few years networking platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook have become a must for job seekers. Making use of your social networking sites put you in the front row seat with a potential new employer and are definitely more useful than most of the online job search sites out there. In most cases it’s almost impossible to secure a job if you’re not on the web. Over recent weeks I’ve been hearing from friends and friends of friends who have heard about someone who forgot their social network which lead to some unfortunate results which included damage to their job search and lead to unemployment. I came across this image on Google that I had to share with you:

The image above, clearly showing the wrong way of using your social media platform. Like I said Facebook is your personal account. But it all comes down to how you’re using it. Do you mix business with pleasure? Professional colleagues with your high school buddies and you family? Facebook has been a social media channel like most out there where the power of free speech gets through to a wide audience. You just have to be careful about what you’re saying. Ever heard of the phrase “choose your words carefully?” By all means share share share. Just be careful about what. Don’t think just because of your friends settings in their news feeds they won’t hear about the rude remarks and comments you said about them.

You’ll be surprised at what some A* moron’s have done and thanks to Project Helping Hand, a dedicated non-profit group wrote up some great examples of their finest work. Here are my favourite of their posts:

You are what you eat

Dominio‘s workers Michael Setzer and Kristy Hammonds filmed their gross kitchen antics on camera and posted it on YouTube. I’m sure you’ve all heard that if you are horrible to a waiter/waitress the consequences that could entail well, sneezing, cleaning pizza pan’s with sponges that had been dirtied from you don’t even what to know what are just some of the few these two twits did and made them instantly an internet sensation. What I bet they didn’t bank on was getting fired and facing criminal charges for tampering with food.

Talk About Physical Education

High School teacher, Beth Ann Chester, sent nude photos of herself to a 14-year-old student’s cell phone. Allegedly, the student’s parents later found suggestive text messages in his phone and confronted Chester. Later that day, the 26-year-old physical education teacher resigned from her post (not quite fired, but close enough). Since the photos emerged, Chester has confessed to having a sexual relationship with the aforementioned student and now faces criminal charges including sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors, among others.

The Coffee Cop

In many parts of the world, police live on bribes and kickbacks. An officer in Daytona Beach, Florida seemed to forget that he was a cop in a country where that doesn’t happen. For about two years, Lieutenant Major Garvin was given free specialty coffee drinks from a local Starbucks. When one day he was refused his drink on the house, the Lieutenant threatened employees with a much slower response time if they “needed a little help.” When investigated, he denied the claim and agreed to a polygraph. He failed.

Crime Scene Photography

You hear some weird stories out of New York, but usually not from its smallest borough, Staten Island. Earlier this year, an emergency medical technician (EMT), responding to a murder snapped some photos of the strangled victim. The EMT proceeded to upload the pictures to his Facebook page. (We wonder what he called the album…). A friend who saw the gruesome images contacted his employer, the Richmond University Medical Center, and he was promptly let go.

What’s sadder: the EMT, a former cop, had been a hero before he retired from the force. He saved a man from a burning car, rescued a mother and daughter from a capsized boat, and prevented a homeless man from taking his own life. With a click of the mouse, he ruined his reputation and landed himself unemployed.

A Bath Isn’t a Job Perk

After a hard day’s work, what do you do to unwind when your shift ends? Dinner? A long, hot shower? Three now former employees of KFC decided to take a bath. The only problem? They went for their soak in one of the chicken fryer’s dishwashing sinks. Though the restaurant was closed, one of the trio put some pictures on her public MySpace profile and of course, their manager learned of the incident. Apparently, bathing in the multi-section sink is a violation of KFC’s operating standards. Who knew?

A local health inspector noted that the girls’ actions were also a violation of the state health code because “they are not wearing clean outer clothing.” Would it have been all right if they were? Maybe their path to unemployment was a blessing in disguise. Now they are free to find work at a spa, where after-hours bathing is a career benefit.

We’ll Do it Live

In most jobs, accuracy is a key benchmark for keeping your job. If you are wrong 90% of the time, odds are you will be joining the legions of the unemployed. As we all know, though, there is one profession for which this is not the case: the weatherperson. As far as “sciences” go, meteorology’s closest cousin is astrology (though horoscopes are usually more on point).

But a forecaster is not immune to the chopping block. As this one from upstate New York learned, a meteorologist’s job is really just to smile, stand in front of a map, and not yell a string of profanities.

(Fortunately for Bill O’Reilly, he’s not a weatherman…)

That’s Not Mud on My Forehead

Of all our nominees, this one fell the farthest. Niklaus Leuenberger was the managing director of The Palace, one of New York’s most exclusive and luxurious hotels. On Wednesday, February 25, he spotted an employee with something on his forehead. Rather than try to figure out what it was (or think for a second what the day was), Leuenberger told his employee, “Wipe that f*****g s**t off your face!” The bell captain, a Catholic, had ash smudged on his forehead in observance of Ash Wednesday.

Fake Celebrities Deserve Privacy Too

In ages past, celebrities were people who had amazing talent or skill. These days, being a rich alcoholic or accidentally birthing eight children at once seems to count. 15 Kaiser Permanente employees were not immune to the public’s strange fascination with Nadya “Octo-Mom” Suleman. Curious about the medical oddity, the employees rummaged through her medical files looking for clues to the secret of this prolifically fecund beast. All they found was a pink slip. Without even trying to sell or publicize whatever they found, the workers were fired.

Conference Call Hang Up

Several senior employees at a technology retailer were on a conference call with the CEO who was out of the office. When the meeting had ended, one employee said, “If that idiot tells me how to do my job one more time, I’m going to quit.” He didn’t have to. A few seconds later everyone in the room heard an ominous sound coming from the three-footed conference phone, “I’m sorry, what was that?”

She hadn’t hung up. They hadn’t hung up. That “idiot” told him how to do his job one more time: leave it.

So the moral to this story is… Word Of Mouth gets around faster than you can imagine. It will literally end up being “Be careful what you wished for.”


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