Ashley Wilson
Community Specialist
over 6 months ago
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Will YOUR social media accounts cost you the job?

Think your future (or current) employer won’t be checking your social media accounts? Think again! According to new surveys between 60-70% of employers are looking. Show them you’re a worthy candidate by avoiding these top mistakes!

Writing the way you text The way you write a post and how you text your friends should be kept separate. When posting, keep a similar style to how you would write a professional email and stick to those standards. Use proper grammar, make sure things flow well and make sense, avoid using all caps and spelling mistakes (yes employers WILL judge your type-o's). When in doubt use a free software like [Grammarly] (https://app.grammarly.com/) or spell check. It will help you appear professional!

Posting inappropriate images or those with alcohol Anything you wouldn't want your mother or future boss to see, avoid! Assess the overall theme of the images that you post, are currently in your albums, or you are tagged in. While having a few pictures of yourself with a drink in your hand is okay, too many photos of drinks in your hand will have your potential employer thinking you’re a party animal. When posting a new image ask yourself, "Would I want my boss to see this?" Clean up and delete any images you don't feel are appropriate.

Complaining about past jobs Putting your complaints out there for the world to see is generally a pretty bad idea. Avoid saying negative things, but especially about your old job or boss. If a potential employer reads them they will quickly assume that one day you will be posting about them. This is an easy way to get passed over for an interview.

Posting Negative Comments Any comment meant to offend another person or group could cost you the job. Be sure to also avoid gossip, negativity, and just stay neutral. It can seem like a good idea to jump right in when other's are complaining, but don't give in!

Keep in mind that even if you've set your account(s) to the highest level of privacy, tagged photos, and other things can slip right through. A good rule to remember is that once you post something online it is there to stay! So, be mindful of what you have on your social media accounts now and in the future.

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Gregory Smith

One no can access your social media account unless you give them to employer . Which I feel is over stepping the boundaries of knowing you. I will not give any employer access to any of my social media accounts . Unless it benefits me monitarly

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Chester Grimes

I apologize if this sounds unprofessional because it would be true i am not by all means a professional with that being said i never claimed to be one. I started blogging about six months ago because of the dreams I've been having now for my past I'm not ashamed of because it's apart of the reason why I'm here today don't get me wrong my past is there for a good reason thats why I'm told when something is behind you leave it there it's there for good reason now that means good and the bad once it's behind you right there it should stay i can't change my past i am told i am in full control of my future well with the creators help of course.this will not work for whomever its not meant for i am being prepared for much bigger and better things.

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zabulon F. Conte

Thanks so much Ashley W.

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Kim Robinson

Can they find your Facebook page if it's not in your legal name or do they search by your email

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Paul Fakunle

That very nice of you . Thanks

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leslie francis

Good to know!!!

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Berenice Mabrey-Ojo

This is very thorough and excellent advice! Thank you for sharing this information.

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Dan Mason

or, post whatever you want, and just don't use your actual name or info they can track you down by. and don't friend bosses or people from work. this is outside the job, and so, none of their business, so don't make it easier for them to play their games.

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Fletcher Gardner

My reply to this is to lose all social media I guarantee you only eventually you'll make your relationship stronger between you and your significant other and your children social media causes nothing but more headaches than it's worth your employers and everyone else in the world can see what you are typing and putting in and posting and pictures and you'll be judged on that I guarantee you use ever since me and my girlfriend has stopped using social media and deleted all of our social media accounts in the last 3 months we have seen our relationship slowly get closer we talk more with each other instead of posting s*** to each other and then talk about it later instead we sit down and talk about our issues and hand instead of putting it out there for the rest of the world to see

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Jeanine Fields

Thank you very much for the information

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