When you’re interviewing for a new job, it’s best to calm your social media presence.
Give it a thorough examination. Analyze every post. Wonder what someone who’s a little more straight-laced, older and less excitable might think.
Laremy Tunsil might well have done this.
After all, the Ole Miss star was a can’t miss.
The weird-haired TV windbags and the shifty draft “analysts” projected him to be a very high draft pick.
How odd, then, that minutes before the NFL draft began, Tunsil’s Twitter account twitched into action.
It featured a picture of a man in a gas mask, with a bong in his mouth.
Was this from some peculiar porn or fetish site? Sadly not. This was just a picture of Laremy Tunsil having some fun.
I know this because Tunsil admitted this was him.
Things got a little worse. No sooner had he deleted the post and temporarily shut down his Twitter account than horror hit his Instagram.
For there appeared a text conversation that, for all the world, looked like it featured Laremy Tunsil asking a coach for money.
Of course, the NCAA rules about so-called student-athletes not accepting money are as unfair as they are insane. But asking for money by text is insanely careless. As is allowing anyone to access that conversation.
Laremy Tunsil, surefire Top 10 pick fell to No.13, where he was picked up by the Miami Dolphins.
He may have “lost” around $10 million with the sudden appearance of those posts.
He claims he was hacked.
But when a big job is beckoning, you can’t risk such a thing.
Even if you don’t think someone’s going to hack your social media, change your password. This will just make you feel better.
Next, scour your social media posts - perhaps with the help of your most cynical, ruthless friend -- and imagine how someone cynical, ruthless, tasteless and funless might react.
Eradicate anything that’s even vaguely dubious.
It’s tedious. It’s annoying. But many HR types operate along lines that straddle paranoia and sanctimoniousness.
Why give them the chance to even consider you a non-starter? The person they’re hiring is you, not the character you are on social media.
And, let’s face it, we all play isn’t-my-life-great-and-aren’t-I-so-clever characters on social media.
On the other hand, you can choose to decide: “To hell with it. If these people think that crawling all over my Facebook and Twitter will get them to understand me and judge me, then maybe I don’t want to be working for them.”
I imagine that Laremy Tunsil could do with an extra $10 million.
He also could do with not being seen as a gas mask-wearing, bong-snorting 21-year-old.
What an odd world, though, in which Twitter and Instagram can cost you $10 million.