Company shames job applicant for bikini photo: ‘This is not doing you any favors’
A marketing company got itself some bad publicity after it used a job applicant’s bikini photo to advise women to be more modest online.
Emily Clow, 24, from Austin, Texas, had applied for marketing coordinator internship with Kickass Masterminds, reports Yahoo News. The marketing company, founded and primarily run by women, claims to be “hell-bent on helping entrepreneurs grow businesses faster than they could on their own.”
Clow told Yahoo News she filled out the online application and was then prompted to follow Kickass Masterminds’ Instagram account “for an advantage over other applicants.” She was shocked to find a photo of herself in a swimsuit on the company’s account with advice for other applicants.
“PSA (because I know some of you applicants are looking at this),” was overlaid on Clow’s photo. “Do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it. I am looking for a potential marketer–not a bikini model.”
— Emily Clow (@emilyeclow) October 1, 2019
“Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private,” the text continued. “But this is not doing you any favors in finding a professional job.”
Clow passed a screenshot along to the Twitter account SheRatesDogs, a popular repository for unsolicited advances, threats and demeaning insults women experience on social media, according to Yahoo News.
The photo was posted Monday on SheRatesDogs where it has accumulated more than 60,000 likes and 7,700 retweets.
This girl applied for an internship at a company, and they put up this screenshot of her in a bikini on their company Instagram, publicly telling everybody they wouldn’t hire her because of this photo. pic.twitter.com/aRQF7CqfSF
— SheRatesDogs (@SheRatesDogs) October 1, 2019
“This girl applied for an internship at a company, and they put up this screenshot of her in a bikini on their company Instagram, publicly telling everybody they wouldn’t hire her because of this photo,” the post said.
Clow is reportedly still interested in the position, and Kickass Masterminds claims she is still in the running.
Read the full story at Yahoo News.
Steven Adams is a Tribune-Review digital producer. You can contact Steven at 412-380-5645 or [email protected].