|Martin Yate CPC
NY Times Best-Seller
35 Years in Career Management
This time, I’m not just talking about those unfortunate spring break photographs. Any savvy job certainly should know to scrub those from their profile. But what about comments that speak to a complete lack of attention to detail and regard for the facts?
Following is an actual discussion, recently posted on Facebook, shared with me by a friend. Not a word (or a typo) has been changed, except the names have been omitted to protect the ignorant:
This photograph was being circulated on on Facebook. Then, this person added his own caption before re-sharing it with his own followers:
“THIS WAS FOUR YEARS AGO, DOES THIS TELL YOU SOMETHING OR ARE YOU SO STUPID YOU CANT TELL WHAT REALITY IS ANY MORE. WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE. OBAMA IS BAD FOR OUR COUNTRY. VOTE HIS OUT IN NOVEMBER. PASS IT ON…….”
Unfortunately, his facts were wrong and he was also called on it by some of his followers. A couple of the replies he received:
“What nonsense…average gas prices in August 2008 (when Bush was still in office) was $3.74
Don’t believe all nonsense.”
“Huh??? According to the U. S. Department of Energy, the first time gas went over $2.00 was 2005 and the first time it went over $3.00 was in 2007. Obama became President in 2009, four years after the $2.00 threshold was crossed. I don’t know much about politics, can someone explain how this increase could be blamed on Obama?”
All kinds of nonsense gets posted on the internet and in this instance someone destroyed his credibility by publishing rubbish. It made him look sloppy, like he did not pay attention to details and at the worst it made him look reckless and less than honest.
Would you want to send those messages to a potential hiring manager?