How one bad post cant ruin your career

Bria Graves

Social Media is seen as place to express whatever is on your mind. From annoying coworkers, sharing how your night out was with friends or even how upset you are with the new President Elect, you can pretty much talk about anything on social media that comes to mind. Which is exactly why employers search potential employees on Social Media, to see how you really are outside an interview or the workplace. According to Career Builder 60 percent of employers use social networking sites to research job candidates, meaning that post you made last night on Twitter with a bottle of Jack Daniels in one hand with the caption “Getting drunk tonight” may or may not be the reason you get a job. 10 years ago this wasn’t a problem, but unfortunately it is now. A great example of social media coming back to haunt you is Miss Teen USA. Karlie Hay was called out for using the N-word on her twitter page a few years back. Although her crown wasn’t taken away from her, the reputation she has among many people is ruined. But not everything put on social media can hurt you, there are some things that can help you get that job you want. There are many ways you can spruce up your social media page to get employers to like you outside of your resume. Having a complete profile, professional headshot as well as a professional looking profile are all ways Monster says you can look good in the eyes of an employer. So before you post that selfie at the party or rant about your bad day at work think about the next job you’re going to try to get.


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