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Ten Things On Social Media That Could Cost You A Job


In the age of social media, it turns out that the things that you post on Facebook and Twitter could end up getting you passed over for a job.

According to a new survey from Career Builder, 43% of potential employers check social media like Facebook and Twitter before they decide to hire you. This can either help or hurt you, depending on the types of things you post online.

Here are ten things that are most likely to get you rejected. 

Frankly, most of them seem pretty obvious, but a reminder doesn’t hurt.

  1. Inappropriate photos, or anything else provocative.
  2. Posts about drinking or doing drugs.
  3. Negative comments about a former boss or co-worker.
  4. Anything that shows you have poor communication skills.  Which could mean posts where you argue with people and are rude, or just lousy grammar and spelling.
  5. Any comments that discriminate against race, gender, or religion.
  6. Anything that shows that you lied on your resume.
  7. Anything that you posted about a previous employer that should have been confidential.
  8. Anything that links you to criminal behavior. (Why would you post that stuff on social media anyway?)
  9. Having an unprofessional username.
  10. Anything that shows you’ve lied to get a sick day.

Like I said, most of these things seem obvious to most people, but these days people seem to feel the need to share EVERYTHING that happens in their lives on Facebook and Twitter.

If you’re looking for a job currently, you may want to do a little bit of social media clean up.

[PR Newswire]

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