How LinkedIn Almost Fired Me
Anyone that uses social media to any extent knows the rules change. Just look at Facebook recently, and apparently LinkedIn as well.
The developers of the social media websites and applications make changes all the time. Some are for privacy, functionality or well just because. That last one is the tricky one.
As a user, when we use their product we accept the responsibility that no matter how their app works, defame or maims us we cannot hold them liable.
I recently learned this the hard way. I fired myself on LinkedIn and did not even know it.
Recently I updated my LinkedIn work experience to include a couple more items. I added blogging on this site as well as the freelance writing I do for Father Jerzy’s Road to Sainthood. Sounds innocent enough…right?
Soon after making the changes I started getting congratulations notifications from people in my network. It is awesome whenever we get kudos especially for our art. I received some personal notes that really made my day. Then I started to wonder what all the fuss was really about…
Thankfully, I am not networked with my manager on LinkedIn.
This became evident when a coworker at my day job stopped by my desk. They were checking to see if I had left yet and wanted to know if I was fired or quit.
A bit confused, they said my LinkedIn profile said I had a new gig. I checked it..it did.. it had fired me from my day job.
Apparently when you add work experience on LinkedIn, it defaults you to ‘yes’ to end your previous position. So in adding my other work, I inadvertently fired myself or quit my day job.
If you make a change, no matter how simple be sure it is correct.
Always helps to check your changes.
Be gracious when receiving accolades they may be in error.
In chasing my dream job it nearly cost me the day job that finances my dream job. It helps to double-check anything you put out on the internet…everyone will believe it.
Now it’s your turn, have you ever made a change or post that you wished you could take back? What did you do to recover or correct the error?
About Charles Johnston
Charles is a Christian, husband and father of fur-kids who shares his walk with others in hopes to help other's along the way.