Below are a few things that it's safer to avoid posting on your social media pages if you're looking for a job and even if you think there's a possibility that your current employer might check their staff's online activities.
The likes of Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn can all be a great help when you are looking for a new job or want to grow your career. When used the wrong way however, they can also cost you your job even if you have been with your company for some time now. Below are a few things that it's safer to avoid posting on your social media pages if you're looking for a job and even if you think there's a possibility that your current employer might check their staff's online activities.
Negative comments about the job or employer
Even if you have all your privacy settings turned on, it's safer not to post any negative comments about the job you are going for. Say for example you just came home from an interview and liked the job but weren't so sure about the interviewer, posting a snide remark about them on Facebook may seem harmless but you never know who is going to see it. Furthermore, you can guarantee that if the interviewer sees it, you definitely won't be offered the job.
Negative comments about your previous employer
If your news feed is full of comments about how much you hated your old job and boss, this isn't going to look good to a potential new employer. As well as coming across as negative and spiteful, chances are that they are going to worry that you are going to be difficult to manage, could disrupt the existing team and that you may even go on to bad mouth them. It is always better to keep your opinions to yourself or if you really want to talk to someone about it, speak in confidence to a trusted friend rather than sharing it with an entire online community.
General negative comments
Believe it or not, making negative comments on your social media pages even if they have nothing to do with work can make a potential employer think less of you. Nobody wants to work with someone who is always miserable and from an employer's point of view, you would worry that an individual like that could bring down staff morale. Try to keep your posts light-hearted and save the deep and meaningful conversations for face-to-face interactions.
Everyone enjoys a night out with friends and whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong this, try to refrain from posting drunk photos of yourself on a regular basis. If a potential employer sees this, they are bound to worry that you will turn up to work hungover on a regular basis and are more concerned about going out than working on your career.
Within your group of friends certain things may be funny because you know that no harm was meant from it. However, from an outsider's point of view, anything sexist, racist or prejudiced could easily be taken the wrong away. If it's likely to cause offense or raise a few eyebrows, send it in a private email so you can be certain that the wrong person doesn't see it.
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