5 Social Media Blunders to Avoid

Before making the decision to hire a candidate, most employers will do a quick social media scan.  What would employers uncover if they were to Google your name?  Here are five social media blunders that could potentially cost you a job:


Posting Inappropriate Photos.  If you think that it’s a good idea to post a picture of yourself drinking, doing drugs, or wearing provocative clothing; think again.

Bad Mouthing Current or Previous Employers.  When you post negative comments about your employers, the only person that it reflects badly on is you.

Making Discriminatory Comments.  Posting hateful statements anywhere is dangerous; you never know when it’s going to come back and haunt you.

Having an Inappropriate Screen Name.  Your screen name tells the world about your values and interests.  What kind of message are you sending if your screen name is “DrunkSteve88”?

Having Inconsistencies in Your Work History.  Some employers will compare your resume with the work history that you display on social media.  If there are inconsistencies, they may assume that you are lying on your resume.

Social media provides today’s job seekers with a multitude of opportunities, but with those opportunities come potential pitfalls.  However, if you are professional and think twice before you post, you shouldn’t run into any problems.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)


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