What to do when your social media posts get your job denied
The Conservative Party is being accused of a “scandalous” practice of denying jobs to social media users who posted positive comments about the party on their own pages.
The party has confirmed that some of the jobs denied were for members of its local party.
The accusations come after a series of stories published in The Australian and the Sydney Morning Herald about a lack of jobs for social media workers.
The Herald revealed a number of job cuts to social networks, including the closure of an online community for former party members, and a ban on posting positive posts on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
But it also revealed that some members were receiving no job offers at all.
One job, for a senior party staff member, was not being offered and the candidate was not even asked to take part in a job search, according to the Herald.
Another, for an executive, was still not offered, despite the candidate’s involvement in the job.
“The decision not to apply for a position is based on an individual candidate’s performance on social media,” the party said in a statement.
“The party is aware that this practice is contrary to the party’s policies on employment and has put in place a number, targeted and robust checks to ensure that this is the case.”
The party did not reveal which members were being affected.
But the party was forced to apologise for the lack of job opportunities on social networks when it was challenged in a press conference.
“We have to recognise that it is not a good way to run our campaign, particularly with a lot of the candidates who have put their names forward,” it said.
The ABC contacted the National Party for comment, but the party did have no immediate response.
In a statement on Twitter, the National said that the party “has always taken an active role in supporting social media and has been proud to see the number of candidates applying for positions on social platforms grow.
It is important that the National party is not used as a scapegoat for a number social media employers, especially in the case of the ABC.”