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I'm a landlady and currently in the process of sorting through prospective tenants. The first thing I do is look through person up on Facebook and the state court website.

I had a very personable email from a nice sounding gal. Unfortunately, she had a felony from 2009 listed on the court site. Her Facebook public posts are littered with obnoxious political posts, in her case bashing Trump and trumpeting abortion rights, and other liberal causes.

I wrote her back asking for an explanation regarding the felony, and also advising her to make her public Facebook more neutral, that it might offend more conservative landlords and prospective employers as well.

She didn't bother to reply and I rechecked the Facebook to see if she changed anything. No she didn't. She also had a post on there about her growing desperation to find a new place.

It's a landlord's market right now, I have many fine applicants for this nice house, and a below market rent. I'm proud to say my last 2 tenants have moved because of being able to buy their own houses.

So, yes, you have a right to shrill commentary on Facebook. But, be aware that A) Your slacktivism is most likely useless and B) your opinionated posts might hurt you. So, stick to cute pet videos.

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I decided a long, long time ago that unless it was funny, thoughtful, inspirational, beautiful, or of general informational interest- I would not post it on my page.

I remember my manager declining a candidate who aired all manner of dirty laundry about her employer online. Not the venue people. Not on your public social media pages anyhow.

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We recently leased a home we bought as an investment property. Our concerns were the tenant's criminal history, credit score, and demonstrated ability to pay the high rent.

It wouldn't occur to me to expect the tenant to suppress their political beliefs on social media. I couldn't care less if my tenant is pro-choice or pro-life, what he thinks of Trump, or if he is liberal or conservative. I simply want him to pay his rent on time and take good care of my property.

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I understand asking about the felony. But telling her to **** about her political beliefs?? I would have told you to go **** yourself.

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I understand asking about the felony. But telling her to **** about her political beliefs?? I would have told you to go **** yourself.

Obviously your right, but I think the intent was to make the young lady in question aware that a growing number potential employers, landlords, etc., actually view an applicants social media, and take what they read into consideration in making a decision.

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Perhaps she determined that she had no interest in contributing to the income of someone who decided her posts defending women's reproductive freedom were "obnoxious".

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Unless her posts were racist or otherwise offensive, I don't agree. People should be able to listen to others' opposing policital views respectfully. To screen out liberal/conservative applicants is really distasteful to me.

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I had a very personable email from a nice sounding gal. Unfortunately, she had a felony from 2009 listed on the court site.

That could absolutely be problematic. I would definitely want to know more about the circumstances surrounding the conviction before I let the person into my life.

Her Facebook public posts are littered with obnoxious political posts, in her case bashing Trump and trumpeting abortion rights, and other liberal causes.

I wrote her back asking for an explanation regarding the felony, and also advising her to make her public Facebook more neutral, that it might offend more conservative landlords and prospective employers as well.

She didn't bother to reply and I rechecked the Facebook to see if she changed anything. No she didn't.

Emergent, did you expect her to get back to you? I suspect that after reading your message to her, she already figured that you weren't about to accept her as a tenant. She may or may not have been correct in assuming that, but most people would likely arrive at that conclusion under the described circumstances. There's also a good chance that she found the message quite annoying.

Another thing I think that most of us agree on. People simply don't like being admonished/lectured to and being told what to do or how to behave. I suspect that's particularly applicable to politics, especially since your current political climate seems to be extremely polarized and the debate fraught with emotion.

Did you manage to keep your message to her neutral? The reason I ask is because you described her posts like this: "littered with obnoxious political posts, in her case bashing Trump and trumpeting abortion rights, and other liberal causes".

I would probably have phrased that in a different manner; her posts were highly critical of the current President and she also passionately expressed a pro-choice stance. So I guess what I'm asking, did your feelings/interpretation of her posts "spill over" to the tone in your message to her?

Personally, I wouldn't really care about a tenant's (not that I have any) political opinions, unless they were actively involved in things like trying to subvert democracy , the rule of law or ban free speech.

I'm curious emergent, were you at any time considering to take her in as a tenant, assuming the felony conviction was of the nature that you could see past it?

So, yes, you have a right to shrill commentary on Facebook. But, be aware that A) Your slacktivism is most likely useless.

Maybe it's useless, but perhaps not. Many people get the majority or all their news from social media. I really think that social media today is reshaping news and that quite a few people actually derive "their world view" and form their opinions based on what they see and read on social media. I personally don't think that's a good thing, but I do believe that social media is a force to be reckoned with.

advising her to make her public Facebook more neutral, that it might offend more conservative landlords and prospective employers as well.

B) your opinionated posts might hurt you.

I think this is a sound warning. Some people are likely quite naive about who reads their social media posts and what the consequences might be. Others though I'm sure, are already quite aware of that, but choose to exercise their right to be "opinionated" regardless ;)

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Agree that social media can affect your hireability and more. I think the way most people use it is very unhealthy personally and for the country as a whole. People feel free to say things they would not say in person, and some take it even further and behave in ways that are truly uncivilized. I also think it is especially troublesome for kids because it can be addicting, and also they don't always understand that what is being said is not always true and they are just "trying to keep up with the Jones'". Emergent, I would be careful though because I don't think that "political party" is a legal protected class and refusing to rent etc based on that might get you into legal trouble.

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Emergent, I would be careful though because I don't think that "political party" is a legal protected class and refusing to rent etc based on that might get you into legal trouble.

That doesn't make any sense. If "political party" is not a protected class, then Emergent is free to use that as a criteria for rental decisions. You can't get into legal trouble for discriminating against someone who is not a member of a protected class.

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