A First Impression Faux Pas

There are countless first impressions each and every day for all of us.  Meeting with a new customer, meeting a new coworker, bumping into a parent at your child’s school, attending a networking event.  But what if your first impression is recollecting a name from a lawsuit you read in the paper?

The Huffington Post reported on August 2nd that Trina Thompson has sued Monroe College for $70,000 to reimburse her tuition because she has been unable to find a job.

What?

Two points here.

First, to stay on track regarding first impressions, how will this impact her current job search?  With so many recruiters conducting Google searches on candidates, is this something you want popping up most likely at the top of your results?  This is not what I could call a positive branding moment for an individual.

Second, so you get a degree and this entitles you to a job?  Nowhere does it say what she has done to position herself for a job (internships, study abroad, part-time jobs, etc.). Entitlement is not the case in the world and, to state the obvious, this economy has made it more difficult for college graduates or seasoned workers to find new positions.

To me, untrained in the legal system, I can’t see how this will have any teeth with a judge or jury.  I don’t recall any colleges or universities providing a timeline as to when you would receive a job upon graduation.

This is truly a think before you act moment.

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About kufarms
10 years in HR and recruiting both in the corporate and agency worlds. Corporate Recruiter and Socail Media Strategist. Looking to share and discuss topics as well as hopefully provide some thought. Dad of 2 with a loving wife.

2 Responses to A First Impression Faux Pas

  1. Great point. I find it hard to believe that the individual or their lawyer actually thinks they would win this (but there is plenty of stupid out there), so I can only conclude they did it for attention. Is that really the kind of attention you want though?

  2. kufarms says:

    Bad attention indeed. Plus, talk about making a job search even more difficult. How is she going to turn this into a positive for any interview on how to respond? How will she gain trust from any manager that she won’t file suit again if something doesn’t go her way. Entitlement is not the law of the land and but she will learn more now about the “school of hard knocks” and how to recover from something like this!

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