By now, everyone knows that social media can ruin your chances of getting hired. Still, privacy settings can be confusing, on Facebook in particular, and there’s a pervasive (and misguided) sense that oversharing is the new normal. If you must use Facebook to update everyone from your old high school classmates to your first boss on your summer plans, be smart and hide anything that reflects poorly on you from a professional perspective.
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The following should never, ever make it to the general public via your Facebook account:
1. Smack-talking about a former job.
“A pal of mine who recently passed the bar and thinks she’s smarter than me did this, without changing her Facebook privacy settings, and the post was public,” writes Jessica Sager at The Grindstone. “Her new employer saw it, and it wasn’t pretty.”
Employers can and will rescind an offer if they read something bad about their company on your Facebook or Twitter accounts. If they see that you’re the kind of person who gossips about your former company or co-workers, they might just neglect to make an offer in the first place.
2. Cussin’ and fightin’.
Your old teachers were right: swearing makes you look vulgar. Ditto getting into arguments with people online. “But celebrities do it all the time!” Yes, and see how silly they look. Don’t get into it. Rise above the fray and you’ll remain unsullied by folks who’d rather roll around in the virtual mud.
3. Clothing, or lack thereof, that you wouldn’t wear to work.
Before you post a picture, ask yourself: would I wear this to a company function? If the answer is no, restrict it to your closest friends, or don’t post it at all.
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