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'Shocking': Potential employer shares applicant's 'unprofessional' bikini pic on Instagram

Emily Clow. Source: Clowd_Nine

A company has landed itself in hot water after taking a screenshot of an applicant’s ‘unprofessional’ social media photo and re-posting it to their Instagram.

Emily Clow was applying for a marketing coordinator job with US company Kickass Masterminds, and in her application, she included links to her social media account, Buzzfeed reported.

After submitting her application, Clow found the company had taken a screenshot of a photo of her in a bikini from her Instagram, and posted it to their Instagram, with the caption, “PSA...do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it”.

“I am looking for a professional marketer - not a bikini model,” they said. “Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favours in finding a professional job.”

Clow tweeted that she felt “objectified” by the company. “I am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner,” she said.

Clow asked the company to take down the Instagram post, but they refused. Their Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages have since been shut down.

Clow told Buzzfeed it was unreasonable of workplaces to think applicants won’t post pictures in swimwear.

"She [Kickass Masterminds founder] basically said, 'Hey, you can't post anything outside of work of you wearing a bikini,' which most girls wear at pools. Like, I don’t think anyone wears sweatpants to the pool or anything."

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