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Don’t think that your PERSONAL Facebook or Twitter won’t be checked by employers.

Yes, it might be your own thoughts and opinions, but more often than not employers are reading what you post. These days employers and social media are linked.  We’ve heard employers tell us they’ve declined to interview otherwise qualified candidates because of some social media posts.

What kind of posts can cost you an opportunity? Here are the results of a survey from earlier this year about why employers rejected candidates…

  • Candidate posted provocative/inappropriate photos/info, 50 percent
  • There was info about candidate drinking or using drugs, 48 percent
  • Candidate bad mouthed previous employer, 33 percent
  • Candidate had poor communication skills, 30 percent
  • Candidate made discriminatory comments related to race, gender, religion, etc.; 28 percent
  • Candidate lied about qualifications, 24 percent

The upside is that 19 percent of employers thought some candidate’s social media profiles enhanced their desirability. More on that later next month.

 

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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Bottom line is this… think that everything you post is going to be broadcast worldwide and accessible to anyone. If you are building your career or searching for a job and you want to post something like those mentioned above, understand that it may keep you from opportunities you might want. Your choice.

Tell us about any positive or negative experiences you’ve had with employers and social media….

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