posted on Apr, 26 2015 @ 03:26 PM
originally posted by: lordcomac
originally posted by: TonyS
You hit that nail on the head. And I've been wondering if those of us who don't have a Facebook account will find it impossible to get a job or
conduct financial transactions, etc. Its going to get very interesting.
I was wondering why I've only gotten one call back. It's been about five years since I last did any job searching, and I had a job find me, then.
This time around I'm coming up empty handed, even though I've got a skill set that's very much in demand with a surplus of available positions
Perhaps it's because a perspective employer can't look me up on FriendFace and see what I did last weekend, who I spend my time with, how I feel
about certain political issues...
I was forced into early retirement, but my Daughter tells me that without a Facebook account, its near impossible to find a job. You have to have a
Facebook account and a Linkedin Account.
I'll give you my Daughter's "Readers Digest" version of your problem. HR professionals have long since caught on to the fact that they must
counsel their corporate and business clients to vet hires on the basis of their Facebook accounts to avoid liability for hiring a nut case. So they
either demand access to your Facebook Account, or they check your references and contacts on your resume and search Facebook for their accounts. If
they find a match up with someone in your social circle, they friend that person or other wise weasel their way in to check what others have posted
about you on Facebook.
Unfortunately, as things stand today, per my Daughter, it gets worse. Manager needs an employee, Manager calls his crew together and says, "We need
another expediter, who can you recommend"? The "crew" members check their Facebook accounts, and check their friends list and come back the next
day and "recommend" someone from that list. That is to say...the employers are recruiting from Facebook rather than starting at the other end of
the process. The Manager has already alerted HR, so HR, in keeping with modern Equal Employment Opportunity laws must "advertize" the position for
Xnumber of days...so they do so. Resumes pour in and are collected and rejected for one reason or another. A few are called in for "interviews" to
make the process look legit, but they're never called back because the Crew member calls the Facebook friend in for an interview with the Manager and
if all goes well, the friend is hired and of course...they've already met the HR Facebook test.
So...as far as potential employers are concerned, if you don't have a Facebook account...you don't exist, worse, you're an unknown quantity, a wild
card, a potential lawsuit in the making.
In closing, I'd offer the following piece of information from my Daughter for your consideration. "Birds of a feather, flock together". Managers
who are "Conservative Tea Party Members" aren't going to consider you for a job if your Facebook account has many references to Che Guevara, Karl
Marx and Josef Stalin as your political heroes. Should you step up and set up a Facebook account, be very careful to remain politically neutral and
only friend people you know to be either politically neutral or politically unattached. The worse thing you can do is have the likes of the Oklahoma
bomber on your friends list, or worse...Ted Cruz, or in the alternative...Hilary Clinton or BO.