Can your social media posts get you fired?

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By Ghadah Alhazzaa @__ghadah___

Social Media is a great outlet to connect with family and friends. It has also become a popular platform for people to express their opinion on many topics including, politics, education, and entertainment. Many of us often forget about the negative impact social media can have on our career if not used wisely. In this digital age, recruiters often check on potential candidate social media accounts before any interview to get an idea on how they conduct themselves. Employees must be careful when posting on any social media platform, and select their posts deliberately because they can get in trouble or get fired even during employment for any post that offend and go against their company’s policy. Complaining about your job is a good example of that. Many people think nothing can go back to their employers however; it can get back to your boss from a colleague. Separating your personal and work life on social media is a must.

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An article called 17 People Who Were Fired For Using Facebook highlighted some incidents where employees were fired because they mentioned the name of their company on a Facebook post in a negative way. Another interesting post was about a woman who called in sick but later her employer found out that she was not sick after looking at her Facebook activity. According to BBC.com, “One in 10 job seekers between the ages of 16 and 34 have been rejected for a job because of something posted on their profiles”. Using social media during work hours can also be a threat to your job. If caught by an employer who is not very understanding, it can get people in a bad situation. I personally think that people should keep their accounts private for their personal life posts and use a professional platform such as LinkedIn to further advance their career. Twitter also can be a great tool however; one should select what they post about carefully in order to avoid putting their own career on jeopardy.

References

Love, D. (2011, May 11). 17 People Who Were Fired For Using Facebook. Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-fired-2011-5#a-waitress-cant-deal-with-a-bad-tip-1

Garone, E. (2014, November 3). Can social media get you fired?. Retrieved January 31, 2017, from http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20130626-can-social-media-get-you-fired

Bang, P. (2015, February 10). How Social Media Can Affect Your Career. Retrieved January 31, 2017, from https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-social-media-can-affect-your-career-pratik-bang

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