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Over Sharing on Social Media May Cost You Employment

We’ve all seen it – personal information posted on Facebook, an offensive tweet on Twitter, or an unprofessional rant about someone’s job or employer. What the writers of those posts are finding out quickly is that what they share on social media can cost them a great job, entrance into a college, a promising relationship or even their day in court. In today’s ever-connected, over-sharing world, you should know anything posted online is no longer private!

Did You Know? People Are Sharing Way TOO Much on Social Media.

Let’s take a look at the numbers provided by Nielsen, ExecuNet, and about how the public and recruiters use the Internet.

By The Numbers

If you are still convinced social media is “just a fad,” here’s a wake-up call. The average time spent with digital media per day will surpass television viewing for the first time this year, according to eMarketer’s latest estimate of media consumption among U.S. adults. The average adult will spend more than five hours per day online or with other digital media, compared to four hours and 31 minutes with television.

How doe this affect you? On top of comprising insurance claims and credit scores, you could lose your job. Let’s take a look at the top ways social media can help you get fired.

  • Post off-color remarks
  • Post confidential details
  • Bad-mouth your clients
  • Disrespect your employer
  • Post inappropriate photos
  • Create animated videos of your coworkers
  • Talk trash about your boss
  • Play hooky and boast about it

Are you over-sharing. Take this quiz to find out more about your online reputation.

Tips for Managing Your Online Reputation

Here are few recommendations to help you avoid nightmare scenarios on social media sites.

  • Avoid posts about politics or religion
  • Don’t be overly negative or confrontational
  • Be cautious about posting pictures of partying or drinking
  • Don’t post negative commentary about your job, your company or your company’s customers
  • Don’t ever confuse personal with private

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