Rude Potential Employers

This article talks about the idea that employers may ask questions about what you do while on social media.

“Job applications are now asking you to write down anything you’ve ever written on Twitter, Facebook or any other social network, that you think might be incriminating to you.”

Hmmm, how can we really understand this question?

“Job applications are now asking you to write down anything you’ve ever said to anyone that you think might be incriminating to you.”

These are nonsense questions.  If an employer asks for your Facebook account information, twitter information, blog, and etc – the simple answer is to say no.  Employers don’t need to know if you use dildos and if so what brand, why would they need to know about any public conversation you have ever had?  Who is to judge what is incriminating?

Can anyone imagine the chilling effect employers will have (or already do have) on private citizens if they include anything they have ever written on social media or on the internet against them?  Suppose you are a rabid Democrat and most of your employer is Republican?  Suppose you philosophically believe that ‘swear’ words are just words used to emotionally color language and to ban any words is to give them power (such that is my point of view).  Suppose your employer believes that the word bitch is a swear word no matter what the context, even if you are discussing female dogs?

Unless your job is PR, CEO, or some other major public position where your penis pick or vagina pick might get out and the world would go “Oh my goodness, nobody has ever seen one of those before, even on the internet!”, the private activities of your employees or potential employees is none of the business’s business.


The Problem With On-The-Job Training

I have learned many things in the job environment.  It can be a high stress bang your head against the wall until the right answer comes out state of being.

The problem with OTJ training is that it leaves holes in your knowledge.  Those holes exist simply because you have only been exposed to what you have been exposed to and what you haven’t been exposed to you don’t know.

This can result in programmers putting things on their resume, but key understandings of that technology being missing from them.  You might be exposed to many clients and writing SQL statements, but not ever have used a union, Order by, or understand how an SQL statement is parsed.

When I look at the job postings out there I see a lot of people looking for the purple squirrel.  Employers have high expectations; however, the obligation of actually training people and having a knowledgeable work force?  It somehow never seems to fall on the employer searching for employees.