8 Social Media Mistakes That May Cost You Your Job


Let’s do a small change of pace with this next one.  There are all kinds of things your business needs to be doing on social media, but as an employee or someone who’s even just in the job market, there’s a lot of things you specifically shouldn’t be doing.  We live in a world now where 93 percent of recruiters check the social media accounts of their applicants including their tweets, Facebook status, Instagram photos and more.  Some company even keep tabs on their employees accounts now, so unfortunately what you say can have serious repercussions.

If you haven’t heard any stories like this in a while, people have been fired for talking badly about their work online.  Whining and complaining about being bored how it’s just the same on a different day can reflect poorly on your professionalism.

Next, it’s important to keep in mind that employers don’t see your social media activity as coming from a persona or an alter ego.  To them, that’s just you, so whatever your reflect is what they expect to see when you come into the workplace.    You can customize albums so only friends see them, but at least keep your profile pic rated G.

Third, continuing with the theme of professionalism, be sure you’re using proper grammar.  Close to a third of the people who check social media for candidates say that spelling and misusing punctuation can be dismissed as poor communication skills.

Next up, if you’d be scared to say something in the office, you may not want to use it on social media either.  Foul language, especially when derogatory, hurt your standing.

Fifth, if you’re saying your sick, you might not want to show otherwise.  Don’t blow your own cover with social media if you’re going to call in sick when you aren’t, not that lying is something I advocate anyway.

Sixth, don’t bad-mouth your coworkers.  If you have an issue with someone in your office, don’t take it online in a huge rant.  It’d make things wildly uncomfortable and if your boss sees you or your activity as the cause, then things may not end well on your end.

Next, be sure what you’ve done in the past doesn’t come back to bite you.  People have all kinds of different hobbies and that’s fair, but the more controversial of these might be best to keep private.  Last year there was a woman who was discovered during the world cup and offered a modeling contract, but when they found these photos of her, they terminated it.  Untagging yourself from these kinds of things could have you some headache later on.

Finally, be more of an optimist than a pessimist.  Celebrate the good rather than dwell on the bad, and comment on the work related things you’re proud of, both yours and your coworkers, but be weary of bragging.  By all means, bring your healthy, professional environment online rather than keeping it locked up in the office.

For a continued reading on the matter, click here for Preen’s article on the matter.