Facebook and Google may be great places to stay in touch with your school buddies online, but they’re also now places that recruiters go to get the scoop on potential hires. If your profile makes mention of a controversial cause, like a Ferguson protest rally, your potential new employer is going to get an earful. The odds are they won’t simply ignore these postings as civic protests. Instead, they will use them to gage how well you fit into their corporate culture or whether your future postings might embarrass their brand in the future.
Millennials and Armchair Activism
It may be fun to enter the rampant political discussions online to support your favorite causes, but unless they’re something as benign as getting your cat spayed or neutered, then it could cause problems when you’re looking for an entry level job. If your job is one aligned with the activism you support, then it can actually go in the plus column, when interviewing. But, if it is opposed to your company’s values it can be an easy way to scratch you off their short list.
Where To Draw The Line
In fact, many organizers of powerful protest movements, like Moral Mondays in North Carolina, do not advise a fresh graduate job candidate to ruin their chances of future gainful employment by getting arrested during an act of civil disobedience. That’s why you see mostly retired people or independent workers being led away in handcuffs in a protest. They do not have to explain their actions to an employer or risk a job by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Sean Little is the VP of Marketing for FirstJob.com. FirstJob matches current students and recent college graduates with internships and quality career opportunities. Sean also runs FirstJob’s campus ambassador program at campuses across the country, helping students learn marketing topics while connecting them with top brands and job opportunities.