Myspace, skin, dress codes, NSFW and you (bumped)

Yep, the usual roundup of “your future employers are watching you”: (bumped, with more cranky old man vibe 🙂 )

Prospective Employers on MySpace: Your Profile Could Cost You a Job


It’s not having a Myspace profile that can cost you a job. It’s what is in that profile. It’s completely legal for employers to do this and it gives them a little better insight about the person they are considering hiring.

MySpace, TheirSpace: (source http://www.pittsburghlive.com)

College graduates wouldn’t consider arriving for a job interview naked.

They wouldn’t walk in, shake hands with the interviewer and say “Hi, I’m John (expletive) Smith.”

They wouldn’t carry a sign that reads, “I drank alcohol on a weekly basis before I turned 21,” or “I hate white people,” or “I committed a crime this weekend.”

But a growing number of college graduates might as well.

But why stop there. I have seen young people (being 33 I can legally say that 🙂 )walk through a cafeteria in their pajamas. One woman walk to class dressed like a stripper while another woman had the bad combo of low riders and a large book bag. The bag kept hitter her in the but, forcing her pants down LOL… A co-worker who tired her best to push the boundaries of good taste and fabric. When it was time for performance evaluations, her clothes got tighter.

Dress codes are there for a reason. From looking professional to saving your limbs:

Many manufacturing companies have dress codes to ensure that garments aren’t caught in machinery, for example. Even in an office setting, safety can be an issue. If someone drops a box of computer paper and it lands on the foot of an employee wearing only flip-flops, that can lead to injury and a workers compensation case.

Source: CNN.com

I had a friend in the graduate program who used to have a navel ring. She wore a belly shit once. Somebody’s watch caught it and ripped her ring clean out. Clean being relative, because her teacher thought someone shot her. Since then she wears regular shirts. She never had another ring put in.

Even the Senate has a problem with staffers wearing flip flips. From Politic.com:

Robert Primus has a pet peeve he is reminded of between May and September.

“I actually have a problem with how most offices dress or how they allow their offices to dress,” said Primus, chief of staff for Rep. Michael E. Capuano (D-Mass.). “I don’t care if it’s summertime or not.”

“I always say that staff should not look like tourists,” he added.

Flip-flops, heightened hemlines, tank tops, spaghetti straps, Capri pants and, of course, jeans are all on Primus’ haute hit list, and there are other offices that agree.

Really, I don’t mind it when the girls of summer start “spontaneously shed their clothing” as my friend put it. My wife has different ideas, however, but even she will wear skimpy outfits when the temps climb. Unlike most women her age, she does not try to dress like a teenager all the time. She dresses appropriately for church, family etc. When she is with the kids she tries to dress like a young mom. Yes she’s got a navel ring, no you can’t see it. Nor should you. Tattoos, piercings, brands and other body mods should either be hidden or taken out when you work in a professional environment.

Flip-flops and baby-t’s worn to work, the mall, church, down the street etc. put you in the child category (that’s why I call most women younger than 27 girls). It’s fine for the beach or club but not anywhere else. If you are over 35 you really need to give it up. Srsly, I saw a woman at the PX once who looked 18 from the back and 80 from the front. One woman in Folrida had skin you could have made luggage from (shudder). Sagging is a NO-GO, pants are meant to stay ON. If you dress like a child, convict or carnie, don’t be surprised if you are never taken seriously.

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