By Shaun Collins
I just came across a breaking news story about a bank executive who sent a flaming email to a prospective jobseeker, lambasting her for seeking access to the exec’s Linked in profile (and thus her contact list.)
The article can be found HERE.
Now the very nature of Social Media requires etiquette and protocol be observed. You don’t jump into a Facebook friendship with someone just to make friends with one of their friends. It’s uncool (and a little bit creepy) but that’s just what this jobseeker did here. Now the polite thing to do would have been for the executive to just ignore her, or even better, explain why this is inappropriate behavior. Instead she went way overboard in her response. BUT, at what point did this become wrong? The job seeker was unprofessional and out of line to begin with, and the exec responded in kind. That should have been the end of the story, but the job seeker had to go one step farther, to then post that email on other social media sites with the caption “Let’s get her.”
Am I the only one who thinks this is the cardinal sin committed here? The article definitely seems to take the job seeker’s side of the argument, presenting the story of a young innocent that stood up to evil corporate mentality. It’s more like yelling at a misbehaving kid in the grocery story who tried to get into your purse at the checkout line, then getting slapped with a lawsuit because you raised your voice at them.
And “Lets get her”? That kind of lynch mob mentality is dangerous in more ways than one.
There’s a part of me that personally agrees with the executive. There is a sense of entitlement among younger people today, and it’s not fair to those of us who earned our way in, paid our dues, climbed our way to the top and most importantly, LEARNED from those experiences.
As we discussed in class earlier this week, there’s a definite move toward checking what you post on social media… and keeping it in check. Businesses are frequently treating Facebook just as valuable as a background check or a set of references—maybe fairly, maybe not.
Social Media can be a minefield to navigate regarding what we share, I guess now we need to watch how we share as well.