5 Social Media Posts That Can Hurt Your Career

Think before you post!

March 7, 2019

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Every single day and probably multiple times a day I see something on social media that makes me question someone's sanity. Yes, we are all entitled to our own opinions, but some of the things you post could come back and bite you in the butt. 

Think about all of the people whose tweets came out years later when they were involved in some sort of controversy. Some were hateful, racist, and crazy. Things typically don't end well for someone who posts things like that even if years have passed.

My general rule is to really think before you hit share. Do people really want to know about the dirty laundry you're trying to air out about your boyfriend? Or should you really be posting something about how much you hate your job or boss? According to a new study, 35% of companies have either taken disciplinary action or fired someone for something they posted on social media. But even more importantly, more than half of companies have found something on a potential new hire's social media account that made them lose out on getting the job.

Here are 4 Things A Company Is Look for:

1. Information that supports their qualifications for the job.

2. If the candidate has a professional online persona.

3. What other people are posting about the candidate.

4. A reason not to hire the candidate!

And what are the top five social media posts that give a company a reason not to hire you? 

1. Inappropriate photos or videos.

2. Posts about drinking or drug use. 

3. Bigoted comments about race, gender, or religion.

4. Something that shows you lied about your qualifications.

5. Things that suggest criminal behavior. 

Here's my suggestion. If you've had your social media accounts for quite some time, it's always good to go back and clean things up especially if you are in the market for a new job. Hide those drunken photos and political posts right now. 

And again, think before you hit share!