There’s a disturbing social media trend afoot, and no it’s not sex workers claiming to be accountants on TikTok. Over the last few years, LinkedIn has gone from a useful tool for professional networking to Letters to Penthouse for business.
Y’all know what I mean. The long, rambling posts littered with hashtags — often written by recruiters or various “coaches” — that are supposed to impart some kind of life lesson about the value of persistence or hard work or the tenacity of job-seekers/homeless people/single mothers. There’s a whole subreddit chronicling these self-serving tales, and chances are if you’re connected to more than a dozen people on LinkedIn, you’ve seen at least one.
r/LinkedInLunatics is where I first saw the following post, and there’s also a good teardown at r/Big4:
Here’s the image transcription (hashtags and reckless commas included):
ITS ME, NOT HIM…
I proudly wore my Deloitte jacket at my son’s baseball game tonight. While at the game, I was approached by an older gentleman and he noticed my jacket… MY “green dot”.
He then asks me if my husband works at the firm.
I’m speechless. I’m stunned. I’m a little confused.
I finally understand what he is trying to ask. I politely exclaim I work at Deloitte, not my husband.
I am sitting here justifying to myself that I earned that “green dot”. That, I challenged myself to find stimulating and impactful work. That I am enough. Sadly, this is not the first time that an individual has assumed a role or position. When I was an active duty #Marine, people always identified my husband as the service member. My sweet husband, regularly would speak up for me and share that I was an a Marine too.
I am a #woman that works at Deloitte
I am a #veteran that works at Deloitte
I am a #militaryspouse that works at Deloitte
I am a #secondgeneration Deloitte-er
I am a #mother that works at Deloitte
I am a #firstgeneration college graduate that works at Deloitte
I am a #firstgeneration master degree graduate that works at Deloitte
I. Am. Enough.
With the support of friends and family along the way, I was able to find a home at Deloitte. I proudly am the one that works at Deloitte.
Hmm I wonder where she works.
In what kind of back-assward Stepford swamp hole does this woman live where random old guys start hassling women over their jackets? And what’s she doing at a baseball game anyway, shouldn’t she be at home working?
The odds of this exchange actually happening are practically nil. No one gives a shit about your Deloitte jacket except you. And what civilian would recognize a Deloitte logo in the wild, anyway? If he did, then we can assume he either worked at Deloitte or was a client, in which case surely he interacted with at least one woman employed by Deloitte since that’s a thing that has existed since at least 1923. Lastly, as a female Marine she should be more than used to people making assumptions about her capability as a woman and therefore anything but speechless, stunned, and confused when some wrinkle-balled weirdo comes up to her babbling about how women belong in the kitchen and not the boardroom.
Grow up, lady.
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best article i’ve seen on this website in about 5 years!
Thought it was sorta shady (among other things) when she said she was a second-gen Deloitter but first-gen college grad. Perhaps her definition of first-gen college grad means something different to her than for me (I thought it meant on both sides of the family), but it raised my eyebrow that at least one of her parents worked at Uncle D without a sheepskin.
she should have told that man she was Deloitted to meet him
Right on target ADRIENNE GONZALEZ
This article is shit. Why are you harassing a random woman over a social media post.
She exposed herself to it. She’s one of -whatever- 300,000 people working there. So what’s the big deal. These posts are done by people with very low self confidence and they need the internet to fix that. Ridiculous
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