How Social Media Can Cost You Your Dream Job

FLIPPING the bird on your LinkedIn profile picture, boasting on Facebook about telling lies during a job interview, and posting semi-naked pictures of yourself — they’re just some of the modern day reasons why many people are being knocked back from work.

Despite having good qualifications and experience, recruiters are reporting more employers are rejecting candidates because they have tripped up on social media.

Some job hopefuls have even been knocked back because they posted too many Facebook status updates at work in their previous job, suggesting they are more interested in bludging than busting a gut for their boss.

The gaffes have even spawned a new industry, with companies providing reports about people’s online profiles to let them know what makes them unemployable.

Recruitment company Randstad director Steve Shepherd said each employee with a social media account can effectively become a company spokesman with just one Facebook post.

“It constantly amazes me that people who are employed think that what they say online or what they do online won’t be found out by their boss,” he said.

“There is an ever-growing list of people who have lost their jobs because of things they have done on social media.”

A simple “Facebook fail” Google image search reveals dozens of potential career-killing gaffes


David Griffiths is the founder of Social Check, which sprung up last month in response to young people being knocked back from work because of their social media profiles.

The company tells job candidates what it is on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc that makes them unemployable.

“Ninety one per cent of recruiters are screening candidates via social media in some way,” he said

“Usually informally, they will do a search and what they find says something about that individual.”

Mr Griffiths said one of their clients missed on a construction job because of a host of drunken Facebook photos.

“With most construction jobs having early morning starts he could be classified as ‘high risk’ on site, posing a potential danger to himself, colleagues and the company’s reputation,” Mr Griffiths said.

“Another client, applied unsuccessfully for an administrative position at one of Australia’s big banks.

“We discovered spelling errors on her LinkedIn profile and complaints about early morning starts at her previous organisation on her Twitter account.

“Both of these social media platforms are publicly available and can account for her difficulties.”


This article was written by Daily Telegraph journalist Ben Pike and can also be viewed here.

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David Griffiths

David Griffiths

Founder & Director - Social Check™

Social Check™ helps individuals to look the very best they can online and ensure that their personal online brand is as strong as it can be. Social Check’s unique technology helps people to rapidly, cheaply and easily audit their existing online presence and then take swift action to remedy issues and improve it. With a background of holding senior roles in multi-national corporates, David is passionate about business strategy, social media, innovation, start-ups, leadership, personal branding, executive development, brand reputation, reputational risk and digital marketing.