TikTok May be Hurting Your Chances of Landing a Job
Social media is quickly becoming an avenue for people to showcase their skills and abilities. TikTok is one platform that people use to try to land a job or an opportunity. The platform has launched a program as a channel for recruitment and job discovery, known as TikTok Video Resume.
Things to Consider When Using TikTok's Video ResumeTikTok users seeking employment may want to reconsider using the platform's video resume feature for job opportunities.
The feature could allow a potential employer to eliminate a job candidate based on age, race, sexual orientation, medical condition, disability, or bias.
Though some employers may ultimately eliminate the candidate at a later stage, this feature opens the door to elimination at a screening stage, without even considering the candidate's abilities or skills.
Further, TikTok Video Resumes can also affect candidates who may not have the means or skills to make the professional video, have an appealing backdrop or the necessary equipment.
There are State and Federals Laws that Prohibit DiscriminationUnder the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations, employers may not request applicants’ age, date of birth or graduation dates, use criteria or algorithms that screen out candidates age 40 and older, or a photo in connection with an application.
California law provides broader protections against discrimination by for example, including a broader definition of disability or including sexual orientation as a protected class.
These laws are applicable from the start of the job discovery process to the end. In other words, protections can include during the interview, the hiring, and conclusion of the employment relationship.
It is best to speak to an employment law attorney to determine whether there has been a violation of these laws.
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