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Unemployement poked you

Connor Vanderweyst, Sports Editor - October 31, 2012

When I turned 16 my mom told me I had to find a job.

I had never worked a day in my life and the job hunt was tough. I had no idea where to start, and my biggest issue was attire. The fact that employers would judge you on the type of clothes you wore to the interview was a completely foreign concept to me.

In my mind, I figured I could show up in a graphic T-shirt and jeans and be fine. My mom, bless her soul, set me straight on that real quick. Eventually I found a job at Quality Food Center in Mukilteo. Now, with only a few weeks left in my college career, I have to look for a career.

In 2006, social media was not as much a part of everyone’s lives as it is in 2012. Sure, people had MySpace, but now you are totally out of the loop if you aren’t constantly on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. These different social sites also give employers a completely unfiltered look into their potential employee’s lives. This has caused me to realize I will never be hired if my potential job takes a peak at my social media presence.

For instance, if you click on my Facebook ‘about you,’ will find that my religious views are Based God, and if you don’t know what that is I suggest you Google Lil B. You’re welcome.

But what if the person interviewing me is super religious? The supervisor will probably want to see if the people he or she is working with share the same values. I’m sure that person will be extremely offended that my religious views are based on a rapper from California.

Or look at my past profile pictures to really find out how insane I am. Casually glance at my album and you will find a picture of Kobe Bryant with a Zorro mask, my face photoshopped on the Undertaker and a Power Ranger, Reggie Miller making the choke sign and Prince at a football game. I am the least professional person of all time. I am completely transparent on social media and I’m pretty sure it’s going to cost me if companies really are checking.

Don’t even get me started on how awful my Twitter is. Scroll down and you’ll find something I retweeted from rapper Curren$y questioning why he would want someone to chase him and his girl around in a mask with a chainsaw in slightly more explicit language. Spitta isn’t a fan of haunted houses or corn mazes and neither am I. Dig a little deeper and my future boss will find another retweet of WyClef Jean on a motorcycle in nothing but red underwear. I can’t help that it was the funniest thing I have ever seen in my entire life. Hopefully my new boss will understand.

This generation shares so much of his or her lives on social networks that most everyone will have something incriminating online. It seems unfair that employers are starting to check the different social media sites of potential employees. They’re asking for trouble. You won’t find anything on Facebook or Twitter that will make someone more qualified for a job. Only something, in my case, that will give everyone at the company the creeps.



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