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Would being a furry stop me from getting a job?

Acharky

Member
So lately I've thought about updating my Facebook and Twitter pages to publicly let others see that I'm a furry. However I have this fear that if I do, I'm worried potential employers would see some of the stuff I've had art done (ya know... possibly finding adult stuff) not that I would post anything adult on my Facebook or Twitter pages, but what if they just somehow found the adult work I've done? Being a guy who's currently hunting for a job I'm worried potential employers would get the wrong idea about me and it would cost me a job.

Any thoughts folks?
 

Deo

The hatred of FAF personified
No. Being a socially disfunctional freak does though.

Edit- yeah having your public image linked to crazy heavily ostracized porn will damage your hiring potential. Many employers use Facebook to check on job candidates. Also, Jesus man what will your grandma think?
 
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Well as long as you don't give out your account link you should be fine.

And chances are your potential employers won't go digging through your Facebook photos and into your FA in search of that stuff. Plus, I don't really know what your hirer can hold against you if they do find it. Maybe they'll think strangely of you, but I don't think they can really turn you down/fire you over it.
 

Deo

The hatred of FAF personified
BigwiggingAround said:
And chances are your potential employers won't go digging through your Facebook photos and into your FA in search of that stuff. Plus, I don't really know what your hirer can hold against you if they do find it. Maybe they'll think strangely of you, but I don't think they can really turn you down/fire you over it.
Employers do go through your Facebook photos though. Mostly they look for irresponsible drinking and partying that might interfere with your ability to perform, but they also look to see if you'll fit the company's culture. and they CAN and DO refuse to hire people for reasons even less than that.
 

Fay V

Lost to this world
Employers do go through your Facebook photos though. Mostly they look for irresponsible drinking and partying that might interfere with your ability to perform, but they also look to see if you'll fit the company's culture. and they CAN and DO refuse to hire people for reasons even less than that.
Depends on the employer. There's a new trend in not doing that. I know for a long time grad schools would occasionally do that to applicants and recently the culture went "guys that's fucking stupid, stop it"
However there are still employers that do, and the best option is definitely to just cut that shit out completely. I had an issue with my facebook where I'd go to cons and people would tag me at room parties. I ended up scrapping my facebook and setting up one for furry/online hobbies.
 

Fallowfox

Are we moomin, or are we dancer?
Employers do go through your Facebook photos though. Mostly they look for irresponsible drinking and partying that might interfere with your ability to perform, but they also look to see if you'll fit the company's culture. and they CAN and DO refuse to hire people for reasons even less than that.

Can you not set your privacy to block this?

Furthermore guys, FA HAS FILTERS SO THEY WON'T SEE HIS NAUGHTY PICS ANYWAY even if they visit his page.
 

Fay V

Lost to this world
You can, but some employers started demanding your Facebook password to bypass this.

I doubt this will be that prevalent, or even legal for much longer. It's already a bit tenuous, and there's several states that are just straight up making it illegal. Not that this helps someone looking to pay rent right now, just a hopeful note on that particular idiocy.
 
I doubt this will be that prevalent, or even legal for much longer. It's already a bit tenuous, and there's several states that are just straight up making it illegal. Not that this helps someone looking to pay rent right now, just a hopeful note on that particular idiocy.

It's nice to see that something is being done about this, do you know which states are making it illegal?
 

Aetius

It's Me Gordon, Barney from Black Mesa
On the brightside, it will help you if are applying for a circus or "My Strange Addiction".
 

Golden

Member
I definitely wouldn't do that. I don't mean to sound rude, but not everyone needs to know you are a furry.
 

Fay V

Lost to this world
It's nice to see that something is being done about this, do you know which states are making it illegal?
California is the one I know is trying, there's a few others but I can't name them off the top of my head.
They have precedent, employers can't ask a variety of things dealing with age, marital status, and so on on their applications or in interviews, so taking someone's passwords is not going to fly.
 

benignBiotic

Banned
Banned
1. Don't connect your Facebook with FA in any way
2. Don't post too much general furry stuff on your Facebook

And you should be OK. Like Gibby said keep your personal and professional online lives separate.
 

Aetius

It's Me Gordon, Barney from Black Mesa
California is the one I know is trying, there's a few others but I can't name them off the top of my head.
They have precedent, employers can't ask a variety of things dealing with age, marital status, and so on on their applications or in interviews, so taking someone's passwords is not going to fly.

Also, most employers tend to not ask for passwords as it creates a gigantic backlash, as potential employees would flee from that company. (Bad PR). Things spread pretty fast these days.
 

Fay V

Lost to this world
Also, most employers tend to not ask for passwords as it creates a gigantic backlash, as potential employees would flee from that company. (Bad PR). Things spread pretty fast these days.

Yeah exactly. It's a practice that has happened and companies claim it is perfectly legal (I'd have to look at the facebook TOS but I'm willing to bet asking someone to do that isn't really legal) I just think it hasn't gone to court yet. I wouldn't be too worried about having passwords demanded of you, still your hobbies and business should be separated.
 

BouncyOtter

Member
Other people have already mentioned keeping your professional and personal profiles separate. If you are at all worried about it then just remove it. You don't have to have it on there. Just don't post anything stupid on your profiles.
 

Toshabi

Banned
Banned
Can you not set your privacy to block this?

Furthermore guys, FA HAS FILTERS SO THEY WON'T SEE HIS NAUGHTY PICS ANYWAY even if they visit his page.


You obviously don't browse FA that often to know that those filters don't work for shit against the "tame" fetish shitposts on that site.


I run filters 24/7 and just from browsing at OP's userpage, he has plenty of "tame" suggestive photos both in his gallery and in his favs. Employers will totally go "WTF IS THIS SHIT?!" when they take a glance at OP's page.
 

powderhound

Active Member
I would strongly advise against it. I've been through some competitive application processes, security clearances, polygraph exams and it's all very unpleasant. I've been a part of the selection process and cannot believe the petty things qualified applicants are dropped for. There is usually a formula and you may be the highest ranked applicant in the pool. Then some socially maladjusted grad student without a friend in the world says they think the tie in your picture is annoying... bam, do not rank list.

Most applications even for even basic jobs now are prescreened by third-party consulting firms that dig up every shred of data inexistence on the person. It's amazing what they can track down. I wouldn't make a breadcrumb trail to anything that could be considered conduct unbecoming. Once you're in people don't pay much attention anymore, but the last thing you want is a red flag in a place that every employer will scrutinize like Facebook. A lot of furs are fairly highly educated and in the early stages of that education. You never know what might come of the future. Med schools/ academic programs don't dig much deeper than a criminal background check. However when you’re done and applying for that job, whether Skunk Works or Wal-Mart, you may have an issue.


I have some friends that had success doing what Gibby is suggesting. They have a Facebook page linked to their name that is squeaky clean and an alternative identity on Facebook that is their personal life but it's not linked to their identity.


There are law-enforcement, fire, military furs who make no attempt to conceal their identity on FA. I would be curious to know if it's ever come up in the hiring process for them as screenings for those positions are generally fairly probing and wildly inappropriate.


And then there's the entirely separate matter of busy bodies that go goggling you... Heck I've even done it before interviewing people. It's just so darn easy.
 
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