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Your timeline matters

15 November 2013, 09:49 Martin Beck Nworah

I visited an elderly friend of mine who happens to be the CEO of a top HR and Recruiting company in Nigeria at his home two weeks ago;the story of my sunday journey will interest you and mostly especially job seekers.

We were having lunch at his dinning while one of his workers was viewing many twitter handles,going through facebook timelines and checking linkedIn accounts of some individuals. Out of curiosity, I asked my mentor what the guy was doing and he said,"We're recruiting about 50 new employees for one of our client companies.

We were running short of time so I invited him to speed up the process." Still not satisfied,I insisted he told me the reason why they viewed the facebook timeline and updates of these individuals and what do they actually want from it. He dropped his fork and knife,cleared his throat and replied, "Now Beck, we received about 500 applications for just 50 positions. 200 of them met all the academic and overall requirements for the job but the company insisted on employing 50 candidates. So we decided to check on their social life,perhaps that can give some of them away. You know our people's gullibility ,they easily rush to Facebook and twitter to say almost anything.
Maybe we will find someone who has insulted the company or one of its brands in a way".

I was not really happy because it seemed to me a harsh process of elimination. "Sir, Cindy, the tall fair girl posted about hanging out at the nightclub and posted some unclad pictures too" said the young man at the computer desk. His boss replied, "delete her name immediately, I thought she was well mannered. Even if you go to club,must you show your boobs to the world,yet you want a corporate position".

I watched as the names were reduced from 200 to just a little above 80 because of the social media,words,comments and pictures these individuals posted online. My HR friend said that one girl was the balanced church type,updating about birthdays and God; she can handle tough situations very well. I decided to tell this tale because many of us feel what we update on our social media handles doesn't matter.

I'm not saying you shouldn't exercise your freedom of speech,but when you know the consequences of your "IDC"(I don't care) attitude;you will think twice about telling us how many ladies you laid this weekend or who just broke up with you.

(Your employers may feel you're emotionally unbalanced for the job)

Finally,social media is a place to be real and be who you are. If updating soccer scores is what you do best,look for soccer jobs or make sure your handle won't be used in accessing you.

Little things of this nature matters a lot especially in the competitive labour market of Nigeria,where we have more people and less jobs. Hoping that you'll take my advice in good faith,I pray you will get to the Promised Land, there you will pass me a glass of water and thank God for the gift of grace for the race.

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