It’s been said many times over – be careful what you share on social media sites. Social networks forever archive the comments and posts of people who own these accounts. What may appear to be a harmless post can land anyone in legal hot water later on.
But, people still think that it’s ok to vent on social networks about their bosses, their co-workers, and more. Before you open up that Twitter app to share the latest complaint, stop and think about how this could cost you a job.
Consider your image on social networking sites
When is the last time you checked out your social media profiles from an objective stance? Consider that in a recent workforce survey, some 93 percent of all recruiters polled said they turn to social networking sites to learn more about candidates before hiring them. This means, a recruiter for your dream company is going to be poking around your Twitter feeds, your Facebook timeline, your LinkedIn profile, and more before asking you to come in for an interview.
Never talk about drugs on social networks
The number one no-no that recruiters say they don’t ever want to see on a social media profile is a reference to drugs of any kind. Even if you live in a state that allows the legal use of some drugs, leave this off your profiles. Drugs, drinking, partying, and other juvenile behavior is not something that recruiters care to see in potential hires.
Don’t re-tweet or share offensive content
Just because a friend posts something you think is funny or cool means it should be shared. Much of the social media content out there today borders on illegal and offensive, so just pass it by. Imagine if you re-tweeted a post and then a recruiter saw this on your profile? Not a good idea at all.
Stop talking badly about your company
Everyone has heard a story about someone who has talked negatively or abusively on a social network and ended up getting fired over this. It’s a very real thing that happens all the time. If you are upset about something that has happened at work, take the time to talk offline with someone you trust or your HR department – but leave it off the social networks.
Eliminate negative and offensive content
While you are avoiding the sharing of offensive and negative content, do a quick audit of your past tweets and delete those that could paint you in a wrong light. These can include offensive imagery, references to drugs and drinking, photos of partying with friends, and anything that includes violence, illegal activities, and discrimination towards other people.
Never make threats on social media
If you have had a bad experience with someone in your circle of friends or co-workers, whatever you do – never ever make threats on social networks. Not only can this come back to haunt you in a job search, but you could face criminal charges from the targeted person.
If you are employed, be discreet
Many people search for jobs while they are currently employed, about 60 percent of all adults do. But you want to use discretion while using social networks for this purpose. Don’t announce you are available for work when you are working for someone else. Don’t use the company computer to search for jobs online. These activities raise red flags and you could wind up getting fired from your current job.