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Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 11, 2012 in News & Opinion |

The power of the Internet. Or, perhaps, the power of those who use the Internet for whatever reason.

There can’t be anyone who hasn’t heard that prospective employees are being checked out on the Internet – through Facebook and other social media sites – to see whether they are suitable for a job or not. Warnings have abounded over those party photographs, the little jokes and pranks recorded through time, news of days spent away from the classroom when, really, you should have been there but claimed illness. It went so far that a recent study suggested people who show a good leisure life, but don’t go too far, are better suited for some jobs: a full circle, perhaps.

What about when you already have the job, though? I daresay we all know stories of those who have called in sick, and then posted photographs of the massive fish they caught, or the party they were at the previous night and completely blasted their illness claim out of sight.

For a stewardess with Aeroflot it is not so much that her employers have been checking up on her Facebook page or her Twitter feed, more that other people are on the ball. Following the crash of a Sukhoi SuperJet 100 near Jakarta she felt the need to Tweet:

Huh? Did a Superjet crash? Hahaha! This aircraft sucks, it’s a pity it wasn’t in Aeroflot, that would be one less

which displays a certain lack of taste and tact, bearing in mind that all the passengers and crew probably died in the crash, and most definitely a lack of forethought. Criticising a certain machine is all well and good, but not in such a manner.

And apparently a few other Twitter users, if Ria Novosti is to be believed, found her comment a little bit below the belt too. Assuming that her employers – Aeroflot – don’t follow all their employees on Twitter, they made a couple copies and sent them off for review.

So, if anyone happens to be looking for a job as Stewardess on an Aeroflot Sukhoi SuperJet 100, there’s a vacancy just come up. Amongst the normal conditions and expectations for working with Aeroflot is the unspoken piece of advice: think before you post / tweet. You never know who might be watching.

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