You had a great night out, where you partied hard, had a few too many drinks, and thought it would be a great idea to post about it online. Better yet, you even had photographic evidence - you passed out in a bathtub, with a bottle of beer in hand - which you promptly set as your profile photo. While most of your friends may have a laugh about this, it could potentially cost you your next job.
Why Silly Updates Are A Bad Idea
First impressions are now made from the web
Recruiters will usually search for information about you online before meeting with you. What will your silly photos and comments say about you?
Many people have been turned down for a job because of their activity on social media
According to a report by On Device Research, 1 in 10 people between the ages of 16 and 34 were turned down for a job because of their photos or comments on social media.
What To Do
Be careful about what you share online
Think before posting. Would you want a potential recruiter or future employer seeing that photo or that comment? Review your posts to see if they are appropriate.
Monitor your social media profiles regularly
Keep an eye on your profiles to ensure they are free from any embarrassing content. Also, watch what others say about you online, and check the photos that you’re tagged in.
Tighten your privacy settings
Make privacy your top priority. For example, you can set your Facebook profile to private, so only those you approve can see your content. However, keep in mind that your friends may not have the same privacy settings, so check the posts you’re tagged in.
Show your best side
Use social media to put your best foot forward. It’s a useful tool for finding work and building your network. However, use it incorrectly and the consequences may impact your career.
Think before you post online, and constantly monitor your activity on social media. Don’t make silly mistakes that can potentially cost you that job.