Man loses job for clicking ‘career opportunities’ box on LinkedIn

There are stories about people getting fire over Facebook or Twitter gaffes, but this might be the first time someone’s been forced out for activity on LinkedIn.

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After all, many of the site’s 135 million members use it to find a new job—er, sorry—”to network.”

It could also get you fired.

Just ask John Flexman. The 34-year-old was reportedly “forced out of his job” as a graduate recruiter at U.K.-based gas exploration firm BG Group over his “inappropriate social media use,” according to London’s Telegraph.

What was Flexman’s “inappropriate” action? He uploaded his resume to LinkedIn and clicked the “career opportunities” box. The Telegraph reports:

“He was contacted by his manager while on holiday in the United States and ordered to remove his CV. On his return he was accused of ‘inappropriate use of social media’ and called to attend an internal disciplinary hearing.”

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