9 Career Killing Social Media Mistakes To Avoid

9 Career Killing Social Media Mistakes To Avoid

According to CareerBuilder, 60% of hiring managers check out applicants’ social media presence as part of their screening process and over 25% of employers report terminating or reprimanding an employee due to social media faux pas. You post something and some rude person tries to call you out, or you see a post denigrating a friend. In those moments, you might want to give somebody a very public piece of your mind. Make generous use of the hide functionality in order to prevent people from making embarrassing comments.” - Shaun Deans, CTO of Cash Stop. Posting when you should be working “It’s not just what you post, but when you post as well. Potential employers may be concerned if you are posting too much on social media when you should be working. Professional profiles that contradict your resume “It isn’t necessarily a problem to strategically write your resume to make yourself look as good as possible, unless you tell a lie. For example, if you would prefer to leave a short, regrettable job off of your resume, then you should probably leave it off of your social profiles as well.” – Dan Fox, CEO of Boss Laser. Many employers won’t consider someone who doesn’t have a social media presence. Resist the urge to forward these, doing so casts doubt on your critical thinking skills and judgment.” – Judith Bolen, CEO of Five Aces Plumbing.

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Social media is playing an increasing role in the way companies run their business, including how they hire. According to CareerBuilder, 60% of hiring managers check out applicants’ social media presence as part of their screening process and over 25% of employers report terminating or reprimanding an employee due to social media faux pas.

You can argue about whether it’s right or fair for hiring managers to snoop around on your social media accounts. Clearly, they are doing it anyway. This means that you have to be vigilant.

I asked my readers over at Twitter what career killing mistakes applicants and employees should avoid on social media and got dozens of replies. Here are the best responses.

1. Being dramatic, combative or insulting

“We all have those moments. You post something and some rude person tries to call you out, or you see a post denigrating a friend. In those moments, you might want to give somebody a very public piece of your mind. Resist the urge. Likewise, reconsider sharing your personal or family drama on social media as well. Employers will worry that your lack of discretion could carry over into the workplace.” – Tony Messer, CEO of Wizz Hosting.

2. Having the wrong friends

“Some people are a lot of fun, but being around them can create situations where your professional credibility can hurt you, which can eventually hurt your financial prospects. For example, imagine somebody posting an inappropriate comment about your school/university partying days when you share an innocent throwback Thursday picture. Don’t let others cast you in a bad light. Make generous use of the hide functionality in order to prevent people from making embarrassing comments.” – Shaun Deans, CTO of Cash Stop.

3. Posting when you should be working

“It’s not just what you post, but when you post as well. Potential employers may be concerned if you are posting too much on social media when you should be working. Your current employer will be bothered by this as well.” – Peter Trebek CEO of GoTranscript.

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