Shortly after Emily Clow, a 24-year-old woman from Texas, applied for a position at a marketing company, and she received a call from the potential employer. He advised her to follow the company on Instagram. There she discovered that the company had picked a bikini photo from its Instagram page to warn other applicants of such “unprofessional behavior”.
Emily Clow recently applied for a position as a marketer at the local company Kickass Masterminds. She was interested in the fact that the company “was founded by women” and “supported women in the business world.”
Shortly after her application, she was contacted by a Kickass Masterminds employee who told her that the company wanted to continue with the application process and advised her to follow them on Instagram. In the hope that she would have had a better chance of winning the job, she observed that advice.
©As she scrolled through the company’s Instagram Stories, however, Clow discovered a picture of herself in a red bikini with a warning for potential applicants: “PSA (because I know some of you are looking at this): 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,” it read. “Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favors in finding a profesional job.”
According to Clow, the company has taken the photo from her personal Instagram account. “You don’t expect a potential employer to do such a thing,” she told NBC. “Someone seems very intrigued and wants to meet you and then discover this is shocking.”
She urged Kickass Masterminds several times to remove her photo and was blocked from their account after the third question. Now the picture has disappeared, she says. Messages on Instagram Stories automatically go after 24 hours.
In a post on Twitter, Clow writes that she felt she was being presented as a pleasure object by the company. “I am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner,” she says.
The woman decided to make her experience public to start a dialogue about employers who put their employees or applicants to shame. “I want to be transparent,” she told NBC News.
Since Clow came out with her story, the website of Kickass Masterminds has been taken offline. The Instagram page was made private.