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Things On Social Media That Can Cost You Your Job

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According to Career Builder, 43% of employers now check social media, like Facebook and Twitter before they hire someone! I know what you’re saying…”What!  That’s my business!”  I think that’s the point.  Your personal life IS supposed to be YOUR BUSINESS…so why do you post them?   Here’s a little reminder list, just in case you need it, of things that you should keep in mind before you take to social media posting.

PROVOCATIVE PHOTOS

Any provocative photos of you, you with someone, other people…really it doesn’t matter. An employer doesn’t want to worry about having sexual harassment charges, or other things happening at the office.  It really doesn’t matter that you might keep your personal and professional life separate…If you’re posting your life on social media, you are making yourself a target for non employment.

POSTS ABOUT DRINKING OR DOING DRUGS

The party might have been a blast…but how many outrageous party pictures do you have on your website? How many times will you be calling in sick because you have a hangover?

NEGATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT A FORMER BOSS OR CO WORKER

“I can’t believe what some people expect. They push push push and never appreciate anything I do.  I work so hard…blah blah blah…”   Ok. We get it.  Everybody feels this way sometimes, but the fact that you feel the need to tell the world about your boss, or coworker?  ummm……Did you quit work, or are you trying to make a bad situation even worse?  Enough said?  Good.  Keep the angry juicy comments to yourself or a trusted friend.

DISCRIMINATION

Need I say more? Racial jokes, gender jokes, and jokes about religion, are probably really offending others in the office. They may be laughing along with you, but you can really over do it.  Let the hateful jokes go…It takes more effort to think of something funny that’s not offensive.

CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

“Hey!  I just stole my neighbors wallet!  It was great!  He left it on top of his car when he unloading groceries, and It was the perfect opportunity to make some extra cash!” Maybe I’m being a little over the top here, but some people love to brag about what they have done…legal or not?  I’m not really telling you NOT to post about your criminal behavior…I’m telling you to not be involved in criminal behavior!  Hello?!

UNPROFESSIONAL USER NAMES

If your username is LAZY LUCY, OR SUZY DRINKS A LOT, you might want to consider changing it.  Something generic, or just your name, probably a much better idea.

This is just a partial list of some of the things you should be watching out for. If you skipped work, and then post the pictures from your shopping extravaganza, don’t you think your boss might be checking up on you?

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