You might not be interested in reading any obits today on a really old senator who probably should have retired from Congress long ago.
But in this era of Twitter, Facebook and extreme self promotion, all of us, including every so-called social media and personal branding guru out there, might want to spend some time today reading about how Robert Byrd, the longest-serving member of Congress who died today at age 92, went from Ku Klux Klan member to liberal hero.
Byrd also voted against the Civil Rights Act, but he went on to become a champion of the rights of all Americans.
So many of you have asked me how to explain being fired from a job, or getting a hiring manager to see beyond a past public transgression, or criminal record. And parents are often wondering if something their kids say on Facebook will come back to haunt them when they go out in the real world.
All these things can make your career life harder, no question about it.
A newly released survey by OfficeTeam found that one in five job candidates gets dropped after references are checked.
But how did someone like Byrd overcome such a checkered past? Was he a shrewd image revamper or did he just not let his past keep him down? (more…)