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    Why Social Media Can Ruin Your Chances Of Getting Hired.

    by chris
    PUBLISHED 5 December, 2011, 10:28 AM - No comments
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    Just like your cover let­ter, CV and job inter­view, social net­work­ing sites have also become an impor­tant com­po­nent in which employ­ers base their deci­sion to hire you or not.

    For the very rea­son that Face­book is ben­e­fi­cial dur­ing a job search, it has been get­ting the atten­tion of prospec­tive employ­ers. Aside from googling pos­si­ble employ­ees, a large per­cent­age  also check job appli­cants on social net­work­ing sites like Face­book. Despite the fact that they help you open doors of oppor­tu­ni­ties, they can also ruin your chances of get­ting a job if you’re not cau­tious. We hear so many exam­ples of this and we’re pretty sure there are many more out there.

    If you think your chances of get­ting hired may be affected by your Face­book account, you should learn to exer­cise these five cau­tious steps:

    • Choose your pro­file pic­tures wisely.

    The pri­mary pic­ture you post in your Face­book account should be gen­er­ally whole­some and proper. It doesn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to be a pro­fes­sional image, but you should avoid ques­tion­able poses and lurid images. It’s no com­par­i­son to the shock that an employer would get if he came across any­thing questionable.

    • Be cau­tious of the pic­tures and com­ments you post.

    If you allow every­body to view your pro­file, be care­ful of the pic­tures and com­ments you post on your wall. Always do an inven­tory of the things you want to post and make sure they won’t cause any dam­age on your pro­fes­sional career. It’s always best to keep every­thing clean so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

    • Do not divulge too much per­sonal infor­ma­tion.

    Some Face­book users make the mis­take of putting every bit of per­sonal infor­ma­tion into their account from their sex­ual pref­er­ences, to their polit­i­cal views, as well as reli­gious beliefs. While this may be a good thing if you’re look­ing for the per­fect life­time part­ner, this may set the grounds for dis­crim­i­na­tion issues if employ­ers want to hire you.

    • Refrain from talk­ing neg­a­tively on your Face­book account.

    Whether you love to trash talk your pre­vi­ous employer or you’re hav­ing a word war with your ex-boyfriend’s girl­friend or you just like to express your­self through exple­tives, employ­ers see this as regres­sive behav­iour that is not good for the com­pany. They want some­one who’s got the right atti­tude to pro­duce results and you just missed your chance when you’ve done these things.

    • Tweak your Facebook’s pri­vacy set­tings.

    One of the impor­tant and safest things you can do to safe­guard your pri­vacy is to tweak your Face­book set­tings to dis­play only cer­tain amounts of infor­ma­tion. When you’re job search­ing, you never really know what comes your way so it’s bet­ter to be safe than sorry. When it comes to impress­ing the employ­ers, it’s all about hav­ing a clean and pro­fes­sional image.

    Don’t let your per­sonal life get your pro­fes­sional life in trouble!

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